[ Session 04. Communication and Community ] [SDF2019] Can we make social media good for society? 2019.10.31 13:55-14:10
Ethan ZUCKERMAN Visionaries Ethan ZUCKERMAN

Media researcher, Director of Center for Civic Media of MIT Media Lab, Creator of the original pop-up ad and developer of social media aggregator GOBO, which gives people the tools to choose how they view their news

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As social media becomes an important part of everyday life, we are experiencing a "moral panic" about its possible effects. Fears of polarization, fake news and addictive behavior are worthy of investigation, but our dialog about these possible problems is missing a key component: a vision of social media that could be good for society and democracy. What would pro-civic social media look like and how might we build it if commercial social media is failing our democratic societies?