Defending Public Discourse in the Digital Age

December 11, 2017

Over the last decade, social media has become a key forum for public discourse, with citizens, journalists, public officials, and now even the president turning to social media to both find and disseminate information. Yet along with their unprecedented levels of immediacy and access, these new technologies have also given rise to new forms of censorship.

The Knight First Amendment Institute and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism hosted a brief presentation by Jonathan Albright of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, followed by a panel featuring Alex Abdo, senior staff attorney at the Knight Institute, Emily Bell and Susan McGregor of the Tow Center, and Gilad Lotan, Vice President and Head of Data Science at BuzzFeed, on the role that platforms, politicians, and the public should play in ensuring the integrity of digital forums that are vital to our democracy.