September 19, 2016

Rethinking Debates: A Mini-Conference

Location: Mainstage

5:00am - 9:00am EDT

Civic Hall invites you to join us for a mini-conference on how, with the help of technology and social media, political debates around the world are becoming more interactive and responsive to public concerns. The conference will focus on practical innovations that U.S. debate producers, participants and viewers can apply to election debates at all levels of government.
Featuring the launch of a new, in-depth report from Civic Hall’s public engagement fellow, Christine Cupaiuolo, and panels including top journalists, debate producers, and representatives from leading tech platforms who will share their experience and insight.

Produced with support from the Democracy Fund.


9-9:15 am — Welcome remarks from Micah Sifry, Civic Hall, and Tom Glaisyer, Democracy Fund
9:15-9:45 am — Keynote presentation by Christine Cupaiuolo
9:45-10:15 am — Response and discussion led by David Birdsell, Dean of Baruch College’s School of Public and International Affairs
10:15-11:15 am — Panel: Debates and Tech Platforms: How to Make Partnerships That Work Brandon Feldman, YouTube News Partnerships; Lee Brenner, Microsoft Technology and Civic Engagement; Christine Cupaiuolo; Burt Herman, cofounder of Storify (moderator)
11:15-11:30 am — Coffee break
11:30am-12:30 pm — Panel: State and Local Debates in the United States: Laboratories for Democracy Clayton Banks, co-founder Silicon Harlem; Lilia Tamm, Open Debates Coalition; Connie Jorgensen, Piedmont Virginia Community College; Grace Rauh, NY1 Political Reporter (moderator)
12:30-1 pm — General discussion and conclusion

This event will also be live streamed.

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