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

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


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?