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Reconciling Social Media & Democracy
While various solutions to problems at the intersection of social media and democracy are under consideration, from regulation to antitrust action, some experts are enthusiastic about the opportunity to create a new social media ecosystem that relies less on centrally managed platforms like Facebook and more on decentralized, interoperable services and components.

In this mini-symposium, we will explore some of these ideas and critique them.

Participants include:

• Tracy Chou, founder and CEO of Block Party, software engineer, and diversity advocate

• Joan Donovan, Research Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

• Cory Doctorow, science fiction author, activist and journalist

• Francis Fukuyama, Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Mosbacher Director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, and Director of Stanford's Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy

• Robert Faris, Senior Researcher at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and an affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center

• Justin Hendrix, CEO and Editor, Tech Policy Press

• Daphne Keller, Director of the Program on Platform Regulation at Stanford's Cyber Policy Center

• Nathalie Maréchal, Senior Policy and Partnerships Manager at Ranking Digital Rights

• Michael Masnick, Founder, CEO and Editor, Techdirt

• Richard Reisman, innovator, entrepreneur, consultant, and investor

• Ramesh Srinivasan, Professor, UCLA Department of Information Studies and Director of UC Digital Cultures Lab

Oct 7, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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