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Siri, Where's my Democracy?
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 12:00PM
Rose Auditorium, The Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square (Third Avenue between 6th & 7th Streets)
Remember when we first dreamed that the digital revolution would spread democracy to all corners of the earth? The actual dynamics of the internet have proven far less utopian, and more troubling. Cutting-edge technologies have empowered activists and facilitated free speech, but these same technological innovations have also helped despots strangle dissent in their countries and sway international elections. Has the internet, once seen as the frontier of free expression, become corrupted forever by tyrannical forces? Is technology’s openness the very reason democracy is so vulnerable? And as online communications become increasingly weaponized, how do we preserve our physical and digital freedoms? Join investigative journalist for The Guardian Carole Cadwalladr, who exposed the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal; author and New Yorker writer Sue Halpern; and privacy expert Danielle Citron as they examine the fate and future of democracy in the digital age. They speak to Richard Wolffe, politics columnist for The Guardian.
Presented with The Guardian.