The University of Massachusetts Amherst

"Fixing Social Media," with Ethan Zuckerman

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Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 4:00pm

A conversation with SPP Professor Ethan Zuckerman.

Social networks like Facebook are an institution that have lost public trust over the past decade as their importance and influence has become increasingly clear. This loss of confidence presents an opportunity: instead of aspiring to fix social networks, we can imagine and build new tools that support our ability to be good neighbors and good citizens. What could social networks look like if their goal was not maximizing shareholder profit, but seek to strengthen our democracies. This talk explores the idea of software designed around civic values and seeks to make social change through creating publicly-funded social media. 

Moderated by Laura Haas, dean of the College of Information and Computer Sciences. 

Part of a two-part conversation, "How to Fix Social Media…and Civic Life, and Everything Else," presented by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Information and Computer Sciences. Part 1, "Losing Trust, Taking Action," takes place on March 2.



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