Content Rules?! Newsfeeds, Algorithms, Content Moderation, and Ethics

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A joint panel discussion in New York City and Washington DC on January 18, 2017 at 6:00pm, hosted by the New York and Washington, DC Chapters of the Internet Society in partnership with the Internet Governance Lab at American University and GrubHub.

Click here to register to attend in Washington, DC
Click here to register to attend in New York

As online content evolves it plays an increasingly important role in society. Newsfeeds, search results, and other social content intermediate news and information, influence business decisions, and shape opinions. Platforms, such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit deliver the content that shapes public opinion and behavior.

The current controversy over fake news has made this an issue of public concern.

Our panel will address the technical and ethical questions raised by the social, political, and economic impact of the increasing prominence of these algorithmically negotiated information spaces, including:

  • Should these platforms be considered public spaces?
  • What are the impacts of (algorithmically) moderated content?
  • Should the public have a right to see and know the algorithms being used to moderate and control content?
  • At what point do we consider private platforms as media?




Washington, DC

Charles Lewis – Professor, American University School of Communication

Jessa Lingel – Assistant Professor, Annenberg School of Communications

Andrew Bridges – Partner, Fenwick & West LLP

Aram Sinnreich – Author and Journalist, Associate Professor, American University

New York

Gilad Lotan – Head of Data Science @buzzfeed

Shuli Hallak – Executive Vice President, ISOC-NY

Harry Bruinius – Author, Journalist, and Staff Writer at the Christian Science Monitor


Register to attend

Click here to register to attend in Washington, DC

Click here to register to attend in New York



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