January 18, 2017

Knight Foundation & Civic Hall Symposium on Tech, Politics, and the Media

Location: New York Public Library, 5th Ave at 42nd St, Salomon Room, New York, New York 10018

3:30am - 1:00pm EDT

Knight Foundation and Civic Hall cordially invite you to their post-election convening on tech, politics, and the media. Join leaders in the field and Knight grantees for a day of thought-provoking panels and discussions unpacking what happened in this election. How did online platforms affect the way Americans get and perceive information? How can we improve civic participation and voting to get out the 44% who didn’t vote? How can journalists better report and listen across geographies, data, and perspectives? What role did technology play in the election? This event is invite only to ensure focused participation and collaboration.
The agenda for the day is below:
8:30 AM — Light Breakfast
9:00 AM — Opening Remarks
9:30 AMListening Deeply: How can journalists do a better job of reporting the whole picture? What roles do data, story-telling, and geography have in reporting? How can media organizations listen beyond the echo chamber?
  • Amalie Nash – USA Today
  • Nate Silver – 538
  • Sally Buzbee – AP
  • Nicco Mele (moderator) – Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center
10:30 AM — Break
10:45 AM How Social Platforms are Reshaping News: How does the online environment affect the information that Americans see and share with each other? What can be done to ensure that people have access to credible sources of information?
  • Eli Pariser – Upworthy
  • Zeynep Tufekci – University of North Carolina
  • Sam Blakeslee – Institute of Advanced Technology and Public Policy, CalPoly
  • Brian Stelter – CNN
  • Claire Wardle (moderator) – First Draft Coalition
11:45 AM — Remarks from Anthony Marx, President of the New York Public Library
12:00 Noon — Lunch
1:30 PMCivic Engagement in the 2016 Election: Are there better ways of engaging people in the public arena? What worked in 2016? What didn’t? Can we make voting, along with other forms of civic participation, more fun? More valuable?
  • Eric Liu – Citizen University
  • Seth Flaxman – Democracy Works
  • Tiana Epps-Johnson – Center for Technology and Civic Life
  • Kate Krontiris – Independent Researcher
  • Seamus Kraft (moderator) – OpenGov Foundation
2:30 PMThe Role of Tech in the Campaign: This cross-partisan panel reflects on how tech worked and didn’t work to serve candidates and voters in 2016.
  • Becky Bond – Bernie Sanders 2016 Campaign
  • Mindy Finn – Vice Presidential Candidate with Evan McMullin
  • Molly Schweickert – Cambridge Analytica / Donald Trump 2016 Campaign
  • Jess Morales Rocketto – Hillary Clinton 2016 Campaign
  • Nancy Scola (moderator) – Politico
3:30 PM — Break
3:45 PMFreedom of Speech and of the Press: President-elect Trump has vowed to “open up” libel laws. How do we maintain freedom of the press and of speech in an age when those First Amendment rights are challenged?
  • Jameel Jaffer – Knight First Amendment Institute, Columbia University
  • Lynn Oberlander – First Look Media
  • Floyd Abrams – Cahill Gordon & Reindel
  • Chris Hughes (moderator) – Knight Foundation
4:45 PM –Closing Remarks
5:00 – 6:00 PM — Drinks 
F.AbramsFloyd Abrams
Senior Counsel, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
Floyd Abrams is senior counsel at the New York law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP and the author of “Friend of the Court:  On the Front Lines with the First Amendment” (2013) and “Speaking Freely:  Trials of the First Amendment” (2005).  His latest book, “The Soul of the First Amendment,” will be published by the Yale University Press in April, 2017. Mr. Abrams has argued frequently in the Supreme Court in a large number of its most significant First Amendment cases.  He was co-counsel to The New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case; counsel to the Brooklyn Museum of Art in its legal battles with Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; counsel to Senator Mitch McConnell and the National Association of Broadcasters in a First Amendment-rooted challenge to the constitutionality of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation; counsel to Senator McConnell in the Citizens United case; and counsel to many journalists, including Judith Miller and Myron Farber, who sought to protect the identity of their confidential sources.  He has represented The New York Times, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Time Magazine, Business Week, The Nation, Reader’s Digest, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. and numerous other clients in trials and appeals. Mr. Abrams graduated from Cornell University in 1956 and the Yale Law School in 1960. 
blakesleeSenator Sam Blakeslee (former)
Director, Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Sam Blakeslee is the founding Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, CA.  The Institute works to demonstrate how advanced technologies can address pressing public policy challenges.  The Institute developed Digital Democracy, an open-government and civic engagement platform, designed to empower journalists and advocates with original source material of state legislative hearings, designed for California and being rolled out to New York and other states. Dr. Blakeslee earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geophysics from U.C. Berkeley. He later was awarded a Ph.D. from U.C. Santa Barbara for his work in seismic scattering, micro-earthquake studies and fault-zone attenuation. He later worked as a strategic planner and senior research geophysicist at Exxon’s research laboratory in Houston Texas. Blakeslee was elected to the California State Assembly in 2004 and later to the State Senate where he served until 2012. Elected by his fellow legislators, Blakeslee served a term as Assembly Minority Leader.
Becky Bond
Bernie Sanders Campaign 2016
Becky Bond served as a senior advisor on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and was one of the architects of the campaign’s national, volunteer-driven grassroots campaign. She is the co-author of “Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything.” Prior to joining the Bernie Sanders campaign, Becky served as political director at CREDO where she was an innovator working at the intersection of organizing, politics, and technology for over a decade. Becky was a cofounder of CREDO SuperPAC, which was named by Mother Jones as one “2012’s Least Horrible Super-PACs” for helping to defeat five sitting Tea Party Republican Congressmen.
John Bracken
VP of Technology Innovation, Knight Foundation
John Bracken joined Knight Foundation in June 2010. Bracken is vice president of the Technology Innovation Program, which funds projects that improve the creation, sharing and use of information essential to communities. He supervises the Knight News Challenge and the Knight Prototype Fund. Bracken has 15 years of experience as a philanthropic investor in digital media, media policy and innovation, having previously worked at the Ford Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He serves on the board of the Illinois Humanities Council. Bracken earned a master’s degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Pitzer College in Claremont, California.


Sally Buzbee
Executive Editor, AP
Sally Buzbee is AP’s new executive editor and senior vice president, taking that role this month after serving for six years as the news organization’s Washington bureau chief. As Washington bureau chief, Buzbee oversaw AP’s coverage of the recent U.S. presidential campaign and election and the 2012 election, including oversight of polling and investigative units, and also oversaw coverage of institutions such the White House, Congress and the Pentagon. Buzbee joined the company in 1988 as a reporter in Kansas and also worked as a reporter in Los Angeles and Washington. In 1996 she became assistant bureau chief for news in Washington where she ran spot news coverage and oversaw in-depth foreign affairs and national security coverage. For five years beginning in November 2004, Buzbee served as AP’s Middle East regional editor based in Cairo. In that position she led AP’s news coverage across media formats during the Iraq war, and managed personnel, logistics, budgets and security for AP’s Middle East region. Buzbee holds a journalism degree from the University of Kansas and a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University. She has two daughters, Emma, 17, and Margaret, 16. 
Epps-JohnsonTiana Epps-Johnson
Founder and Executive Director, Center of Technology and Civic Life

Tiana Epps-Johnson is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Prior to CTCL, she was the New Organizing Institute’s Election Administration Director. She and her team provide resources and training to support local election administrators in modernizing the ways they communicate with voters. They also publish free, open-source civic datasets that have been accessed over 100 million times through some of the most powerful tools that drive civic participation. Tiana holds an MSc in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Science from Stanford University. Additionally, Tiana was a Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Mindy Finn
Vice Presidential Candidate, Evan McMullin Campaign 2016
Mindy Finn, a 15-year veteran of digital politics, was the 2016 Independent Vice-Presidential candidate with Evan McMullin. With three months and starting with no name ID, the campaign received 22% of the vote in Utah and broke the record for national write-ins for President, raising 90% of their funding online. She has led digital and technology programs for the RNC, Mitt Romney and George W. Bush. In the 2012 election, Finn led strategic partnerships for social media platform Twitter and has advised Google, Medium and Change.org. In 2008, she founded Engage, one of the first digital media agencies for politics and advocacy working to usher the industry into the Internet era. Her company worked with hundreds of public figures, advocacy campaigns and Fortune 500 companies.She has been named one of Washingtonian’s 100 “Tech Titans,” one of POLITICO’s 50 Politicos to Watch and one of AdAge’s 40 Under 40 leading innovation in media. Finn founded and currently serves as the president of Empowered Women, which gives voice to a bold, new generation of American women and promotes them into civic life. She is also an Advisor to the Democracy Fund.
seth large headshotSeth Flaxman
CEO, Democracy Works
Seth Flaxman co-founded Democracy Works (and the nonprofit’s flagship site, TurboVote.org) while receiving a Master’s in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Seth previously worked as a researcher at the Council on Foreign Relations and Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Seth is also a Draper Richards Kaplan entrepreneur, Ashoka Fellow, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Chris Hughes
Co-Chair, Economic Security Project

Chris Hughes has spent his career working at the intersection of politics and technology. He was a co-founder of Facebook, a digital architect for President Obama’s campaign, and a the publisher of the digital and print magazine The New Republic. In 2016, he co-founded the Economic Security Project, a project to explore how to provide financial security for all Americans through cash transfers. Through its conferences, events, and investment fund, the Project seeks to understand how a basic income might work in the United States and what a political route forward might look like. Hughes also works on a range of progressive causes from his home in New York city. He is a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and an investor and board member in several New York- and California-based start-ups. He graduated from Harvard in 2006 magna cum laude with a degree in History and Literature.  
jameelJameel Jaffer
Founding Director, Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University
Jameel Jaffer is founding director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which was established last year to defend the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age.  Previously, Jaffer was a Deputy Legal Director at the ACLU, where he oversaw the ACLU’s work relating to free speech, privacy, technology, national security, and international human rights.  He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and multiple federal appeals courts and has testified several times before the U.S. Congress about issues relating to civil liberties and national security.   His recent writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and the Yale Law Journal Forum, and his second book, The Drone Memos, was published by The New Press last fall.  Early in his legal career, Jaffer was a law clerk to the Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, and to the Hon. Amalya L. Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He is a graduate of Williams College, Cambridge University, and Harvard Law School.
seamusSeamus Kraft
Executive Director, Co-Founder, President of the Board of the OpenGov Foundation
Seamus Kraft is a communicator and civic activist building new means for successful democracy in the digital age. Since February 2013, he has built The OpenGov Foundation into a dedicated six-person team producing cutting-edge civic software used by elected officials and citizens in governments across the US. Seamus is also a co-creator of the Free Law Founders, a nationwide coalition of leaders from New York, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, and Washington, DC working to open the processes and information of government to access and innovation for all. He is a 2014-2016 Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and a 2015-2016 Technology and Democracy Fellow in the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Prior to creating The OpenGov Foundation, Seamus served as Digital Director and Press Secretary for The US House Oversight Committee, where he built one the most successful digital communications operations in government from the ground up. In 2012 TechCrunch named him one of the “20 Most Innovative People of 2012.” A native of Marblehead, MA, he received his undergraduate degree in classical political philosophy from Georgetown University in 2007.


Kate Krontiris HeadshotKate Krontiris
Independent Researcher
Kate Krontiris is an ethnographer, strategist, and facilitator working to understand and transform civic life. In the past three years, she has served as a consultant to Google, the Knight Foundation, and the Omidyar Network, among others. Until recently, Kate also served as a consulting user researcher for the newly-formed U.S. Digital Service within the Executive Office of President Barack Obama. For the 2016-2017 academic year, Kate is an affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, at Harvard University. Kate is best known for her applied research on how people use technology for civic purposes. Her seminal work focused on what motivates America’s “Interested Bystanders” to get involved with civic life, the findings of which were applied to product development at Google and shared through targeted briefings to foundations, non-profits, and social enterprises across the civic tech ecosystem. Kate is currently facilitating a continuation of this research in Charlotte, N.C, funded by the Knight Foundation and in collaboration with both Google and Facebook.


Eric Liu
Founder and CEO, Citizen University
Eric Liu is the founder and CEO of Citizen University, which promotes and teaches the art of powerful citizenship through a portfolio of national programs, and the executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. Eric’s most recent book is You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen (March 2017). His first book, The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, was a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary “Matters of Race.” Eric served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the President’s deputy domestic policy adviser. After the White House, he was an executive at the digital media company RealNetworks. In 2002 he was named one of the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders of Tomorrow, and in 2010 he was awarded the Bill Grace Leadership Legacy Award by the Center for Ethical Leadership. Eric lives in Seattle, where he teaches civic leadership at the University of Washington and hosts Citizen University TV, an award-winning television program about civic power. He can be found on Twitter @ericpliu.


meleNicco Mele
Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy
Nicco Mele is the director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. He took over leadership of the Center in 2016 after serving as Senior Vice President and Deputy Publisher of the Los Angeles Times and as the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Journalism at the University of Southern California. He is the author of The End of Big: How The Internet Makes David the New Goliath and the founding executive director of the Common Sense News Service. After serving as the webmaster for Governor Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential bid, Nicco co-founded EchoDitto (now Echo & Co.), a leading internet strategy and consulting firm. Mele also is a board member of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and a Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. Nicco co-founded the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, serves on the board of noted poetry publisher Tupelo Press, and in 2014 he co-produced a documentary about the poet W.S. Merwin, “Even Though The Whole World Is Burning”.
jessfromhfaJess Morales Rocketto
Hillary Clinton 2016 Campaign
Jess Morales Rocketto is a leading Democratic digital and technology strategist, and a pioneer in the field of digital organizing. She has held positions with Hillary for America, the AFL-CIO, Rebuild the Dream, Obama for America, Organizing for America/Democratic National Committee, and the New Organizing Institute. She currently consults for political, advocacy, and nonprofit organizations.
Amalie Nash
Regional Executive Editor, USA TODAY
Amalie Nash is the regional executive editor/West for the USA TODAY Network, directing editors in more than 50 markets across the western region of the country as the Network continues to develop and grow. She also helps direct national political coverage in conjunction with USA TODAY and local site editors. Prior to assuming that role in August 2016, Amalie was the executive editor and vice president for news and engagement at The Des Moines Register. While there, she oversaw the award-winning 2016 Iowa caucuses coverage. Amalie also focused heavily on watchdog reporting and innovation, including serving as one of the editors of the award-winning “Harvest of Change,” the first virtual reality news project in the country to be designed for the Oculus Rift platform. Previously, Amalie was an editor at the Detroit Free Press and news director for AnnArbor.com, a digital-first news organization that was formed when the Ann Arbor News was shuttered in 2009.
oberlander headshot copyLynn Oberlander
First Look Media
Lynn Oberlander is a leading media attorney and advocate for journalists. She has been the General Counsel, Media Operations for First Look Media since March of 2014. Among her other duties, she coordinates First Look Media’s Press Freedom Litigation Fund, which provides funding to third parties for cases in support of First Amendment and other press freedoms. From 2006 until 2014, she was the General Counsel of The New Yorker, where in addition to her legal duties, she also wrote for newyorker.com on media law topics. She is a frequent speaker on freedom of expression and media law topics. From 2001 through 2006, she was the Editorial Counsel at Forbes, and from 1996 – 2001, Ms. Oberlander was senior media counsel at NBC, working with the local and network news divisions. After clerking for the Hon. John H. Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in 1991-92, Ms. Oberlander began her legal career at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison as a litigator and antitrust attorney. She received her B.A., cum laude, from Yale College,where she was the news editor and a columnist for the Yale Daily News and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was an editor of the Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She teaches a graduate course in Media, Corporate Responsibility, and the Law, both in a traditional classroom setting and online, at The New School in New York. She is the chair of the board of directors of the Media Law Resource Center and the former chair of the Communications and Media Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association. 
Eli Pariser
Co-Founder, Upworthy
Eli Pariser has dedicated his career to figuring out how technology can elevate important topics in the world — as an author, an online organizer, and most recently, as a co-founder of Upworthy. Eli joined MoveOn.org in 2001, serving as Executive Director from 2004-2009. During that time, MoveOn revolutionized grassroots political organizing by introducing a small-donor-funded and email-driven model that has since been widely used across the political spectrum. MoveOn.org quickly grew to more than 5 million members, who gave over $120 million to campaigns on topics like climate change and campaign finance reform. During this time he also co-founded Avaaz.org, which is now the largest online advocacy organization in the world totaling over 30 million members.In 2011, as a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, Eli published the New York Times bestseller The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You. The book highlights the ways that important content can get lost in the newsfeed era. Find him on twitter at @elipariser.
Andrew Rasiej, Founder and CEO
Andrew Rasiej
Co-Founder and CEO, Civic Hall
Andrew Rasiej is a civic and social entrepreneur, technology strategist, and Founder and CEO of Civic Hall. He is also the Founder of Personal Democracy Media, which produces Personal Democracy Forum and other events about intersection of technology and politics. Andrew is the Founder of MOUSE.org, which focuses on 21st century public education; Co-Founder of Mideastwire.com, which translates Arabic and Farsi news and opinion pieces into English; Senior Technology Advisor to the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington, DC-based organization, which uses technology to make the government more transparent; and Chairman of the NY Tech Meetup, which is a 50,000-member organization of technologists, venture funders, marketers, representing start up and more mature companies using technology to transform themselves, New York City, and the world. Andrew coined several terms to help describe our expanding and digitally-connected world, including We-Government, Voter-Generated Content, and Videracy. In 2005, Andrew ran a highly visible campaign for NYC Public Advocate on a technology and innovation driven platform to redesign the office as a network, bring low-cost broadband to underserved communities, and open up access to city-controlled public data. He is a graduate of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
SchweickertMolly Schweickert
Head of Digital, Cambridge Analytica
Molly Schweickert leads Cambridge Analytica’s digital advertising agency. She oversees the development of the company’s digital marketing services and strategy, leveraging proprietary behavioral science and psychographic data to serve clients across the political, non-profit, and commercial spheres. Her team most recently handled digital marketing infrastructure, strategy, and execution for the Trump presidential campaign. Molly came to CA from the Scott Walker presidential campaign, where she served as digital marketing director; she previously worked at Targeted Victory, managing the growth of the company’s ad tech infrastructure, in addition to overseeing the advertising strategy and execution for hundreds of clients including the Romney presidential campaign. She combines her marketing experience with a background in grassroots organization, fundraising, and communications for multiple high-profile campaigns and organizations across the country. 
Nancy ScolaNancy Scola
Reporter, Politico
Nancy Scola is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and senior technology reporter at POLITICO who studies, reports on, and writes about where technology, innovation, politics, public policy, and culture intersect. As a freelance writer, her work has appeared in a range of publications, including Washingtonian, Reuters, The American Prospect, Seed, POLITICO Magazine, New York, Next City, and The Atlantic online — where she served as the political tech correspondent during the 2012 U.S. presidential race. She’s been a reporter and editor at the Washington Post. And from 2008 to 2011 was associate editor at techPresident, one of the first publications to examine technology’s impact on politics.
Micah L. Sifry, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Micah Sifry
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Civic Hall
Micah L. Sifry is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Civic Hall, as well as Co-Founder of Personal Democracy Media, which produces the annual Personal Democracy Forum conference on the ways technology is changing politics. In addition, he consults on how political organizations, campaigns, non-profits and media entities can adapt to and thrive in a networked world. He is a senior technology adviser to the Sunlight Foundation, which he helped found in 2006, and also serves on the board of Consumer Reports and the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science. He is the author or editor of eight books, most recently A Lever and a Place to Stand: How Civic Tech Can Move the World(PDM Books, 2015), with Jessica McKenzie; The Big Disconnect: Why the Internet Hasn’t Transformed Politics (Yet) (OR Books, 2014); and Wikileaks and the Age of the Transparency (OR Books, 2011). In 2012 he taught “The Politics of the Internet” as a visiting lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School. From 1997-2006, he worked closely with Public Campaign, a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on comprehensive campaign finance reform, as its senior analyst. Prior to that, Micah was an editor and writer with The Nation magazine for thirteen years.
New York, NY - July 22, 2013 - Armory: Portrait of Nate Silver (Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images)
Nate Silver
Editor-in-Chief, FiveThirtyEight
Nate Silver is a leading statistician and best-selling author known for his unique brand of creativity, journalism and statistical analysis. He is the founder of the award-winning website FiveThirtyEight, which was acquired by ESPN in 2013. The site relaunched as an ESPN entity on March 17, 2014, and expanded its coverage to include other topics. FiveThirtyEight continues to provide data-driven coverage of politics, including forecasts of upcoming elections. Nate has established himself as today’s leading statistician through his innovative analyses of political polling. He first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election, when he correctly predicted the results of the presidential election in 49 of 50 states, along with all 35 U.S. Senate races. In 2012, FiveThirtyEight predicted the election outcome in all 50 states. His most recent book, The Signal and The Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t, is a New York Times bestseller. Before he came to politics, Nate established his credentials as an analyst of baseball statistics. Nate has earned a series of accolades. Fast Company chose Nate as No. 1 on their list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business 2013. He was among TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2009 and Rolling Stone’s 100 Agents of Change.
Brian StelterBrian Stelter
Host, Reliable Sources & Senior Media Correspondent, CNN
Brian Stelter is the host of “Reliable Sources,” which examines the week’s top media stories every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. ET on CNN/U.S, and the senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide. Stelter reports and writes for CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com, and CNNMoney.com on a regular basis. Prior to joining CNN in November 2013, Stelter was a media reporter at The New York Times. Starting in 2007, he covered television and digital media for the Business Day and Arts section of the newspaper. He was also a lead contributor to the “Media Decoder” blog.
Zeynep Tufekci
Professor, University of North Carolina
Zeynep Tufekci, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, writes about the social impacts of technology. She is an assistant professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, and a former fellow at the Center for Internet Technology Policy at Princeton. Her research revolves around politics, civics, movements, privacy and surveillance, as well as data and algorithms. Originally from Turkey, Zeynep was a computer programmer by profession and academic training before turning her focus to the impact of technology on society and social change. She switched to social science, and started calling herself a “technosociologist.” She has been published widely on the interaction of new technologies with society, politics and culture. Her forthcoming book from Yale University Press is tentatively titled “Beautiful Tear Gas: The Ecstatic, Fragile Politics of Networked Protest in the 21st Century.”
Claire Wardle
Research Director, First Draft
Claire Wardle leads research and strategy at First Draft, a non-profit dedicated to finding solutions to the challenges associated with trust and truth in the digital age. She was previously the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, head of social media for the UN Refugee Agency and Director of News Services for Storyful. She is one of the world’s experts on user-generated content, and has led two substantial research projects investigating how it is handled by news organizations. She also sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Information and Entertainment.

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