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Free Speech/Hate Speech: Can Facebook and Google Be Moderated?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

In the original vision of the internet, anyone could have a voice. Two decades later, a few technology companies (Facebook, Alphabet, Twitter) are setting and enforcing rules governing most of what people say online, trying to balance free expression with civic responsibility while making money.


A growing chorus of critics argue that the rise of these Silicon Valley gatekeepers is at odds with a democratic society. Meanwhile, online hate has spilled out into national politics, traditional media, and the streets.


Join us to sort through how these platforms set policies, rely on algorithms, and outsource to armies of moderators -- and ask whether they are getting it right.


Moderated by Adrian Chen, staff writer at The New Yorker, where he covers internet culture and technology


danah boyd, founder and president of Data & Society, a research institute focused on understanding the role of data-driven technologies in society. She is also a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a Visiting Professor at ITP at New York University.

Kate Klonick, PhD student at Yale Law School, where she is also a Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project. Her research centers on law and technology, and her journalism has appeared in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Slate and Vox.

Gregor Hochmuth, an artist and engineer based in New York. In 2011, he joined Instagram as one of the company's first engineers. He's since co-founded Dreams, a new TV network based in New York.


Presented by Journalism + Design at The New School's Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.  

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