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Harnessing Technology for a Healthier Democracy and Civic Discourse
As we head towards the 2022 midterm elections, we will explore both the threats that technology poses to democratic participation and reasoned political debate, as well as the promise that new technological tools and platforms hold for fostering a healthier democracy and civic culture. Disinformation and ideologies of hate thrive on our dominant social media platforms, whose algorithms and business models are amplifying partisan polarization and political extremism and enabling voter suppression.

What role can philanthropy and the social sector play in reckoning with these destructive and dysfunctional digital platforms? What new tech platforms and communities can we imagine and create that foster respectful discourse, strengthen social cohesion, and promote democratic pluralism? What other technologies and tools can philanthropists support that can help strengthen civic and electoral participation?

The conversation will feature Eli Pariser, Co-Director at New_ Public, Dr. Latanya Sweeney, Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and Technology at the Harvard Kennedy School and in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Government, and Jenny Toomey, director of the Ford Foundation Catalyst Fund; the conversation will be moderated by Shelley Whelpton, senior managing director at Arabella Advisors.

Oct 12, 2022 02:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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