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How Social Media Violates the Social Contract (POSTPONED)

Our society is fracturing over how we treat each other online, fueled by anonymity, disinformation, and our widening political divide. Can democracy survive?

Past: Tuesday, November 16, 2021 12:00 pm
This is a virtual event
  • Deval Patrick
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  • Rob Reich
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  • Jeremy Weinstein
  • Julia Angwin
How Social Media Violates the Social Contract

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From recent Facebook whistleblower testimony on hate speech to social media surveillance by law enforcement, there is an urgent need for solutions to address Big Tech and its impact on society. Join our panel of experts at the cross section of civic (and civil) conversation, digital communication, and the future of democracy for a necessary and timely discussion.

Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick will discuss his work with the Future of Tech Commission and the group’s recommendations for President Biden’s internet and social media goals. Stanford Professors Rob Reich and Jeremy Weinstein will share insights from their new book, System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong and How We Can Reboot. The panel will be moderated by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and founder and editor in chief of The Markup, Julia Angwin.

Produced in partnership with New York University’s John Brademas Center


  • Deval Patrick, former Governor of Massachusetts; Co-chair, Future of Tech Commission
  • Rob Reich, Professor of Political Science, Director of the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, Co-director of the Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, Associate Director of the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, Stanford University; Co-author of System Error
  • Jeremy Weinstein, Professor of Political Science, Faculty Director of Stanford Impact Labs, Stanford University; Former Deputy to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Co-author of System Error
  • Moderator: Julia Angwin, Founder and Editor in Chief, The Markup

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