INFORMED 2024: Conversations on Democracy in the Digital Age

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Updated as of January, 21, 2024 at 11:30 a.m. Please check back regularly for the latest updates.
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12:00 pm
5:45 pm

Registration

Danielson Room
2:30 pm
4:00 pm

Optional Pre-conference program: Clemson Media Forensics Hub’s Table-Top Exercise on Social Influencing Methods

Tuttle
Additional registration required. Please follow the instructions provided to you by email to sign up.
4:30 pm
4:45 pm

Welcome

Country Club Ballroom
Featuring:
John Sands, Senior Director, Media and Democracy, Knight Foundation
Maribel Pérez Wadsworth, President and CEO, Knight Foundation
Dannagal G. Young, Professor of Communication and Political Science, University of Delaware
4:45 pm
5:30 pm

Tech Policy and the Common Good

Country Club Ballroom
With digital services increasingly mediating our access to information, technology policy is now a primary lever for addressing the most significant challenges in the information environment. Because of this, the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) at the US Department of Commerce plays a growing role, advising the president on a range of issues from artificial intelligence, digital privacy and access to information online. Asst. Sec. Alan Davidson will join Dr. Alissa Cooper for this wide-ranging conversation that will explore the NTIA’s work and its priorities for the coming year.
Featuring:
Hon. Alan Davidson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Alissa Cooper, incoming Executive Director, Knight-Georgetown Institute, Georgetown University
5:35 pm
6:25 pm

Fireside Chat: Information, Technology and Human Rights

Country Club Ballroom
Featuring:
Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, United Nations
Katherine Maher, Chief Executive Officer, Web Summit
6:30 pm
8:00 pm

Dinner

Granada Ballroom and Terrace
09:00 pm
10:00 pm

Late Night Snacks: In Lieu of Fun Podcast

Danielson Room
Featuring:
Ben Wittes, Editor in Chief, Lawfare; Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
Kate Klonick, Associate Professor of Law, St. John's University
...and special guests.

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

07:30 am
09:15 am

Breakfast

Country Club Courtyard
09:30 am
09:35 am

Welcome

Country Club Ballroom
Ashley Zohn, Vice President, Learning and Impact, Knight Foundation
09:35 am
10:20 am

Implementing the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights

Country Club Ballroom
In 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy led the development of the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights. This framework significantly influenced a far-reaching executive order that will touch every facet of research, development and commercialization of AI. This session will draw on the expertise and experience of three key experts involved in the development and implementation of this framework as well as its translation into policy that will affect us all.
Featuring:
Alondra Nelson, Harold F. Linder Professor, Institute for Advanced Study; Distinguished Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Elham Tabassi, Chief AI Advisor and Associate Director for Emerging Technologies, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Moderated by:
Janet Haven, Executive Director, Data & Society
10:25 am
11:05 am

Tech Policy in the Laboratories of Democracy: Trends in State and Local Regulation

Country Club Ballroom
With Washington in gridlock, state policymakers are responding to widespread calls for reform with a range of legislation to regulate online spaces for expression and exchange. As the Supreme Court weighs a possible landmark case involving laws from Florida and Texas, this session explores the slate of new policy proposals and their potential impacts.
Featuring:
Alexandra Reeve Givens, President and CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology
Chris Marchese, Litigation Center Director, NetChoice
Moderated by:
Matt Perault, Professor of the Practice and Director, Center on Technology Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Introduction:
A.J. D'Amico, Director, Media and Democracy, Knight Foundation
11:20 am
12:10 pm

Polarization, Freedom of Expression and Dissent

Country Club Ballroom
Featuring:
Dame Louise Richardson, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York
Thomas Chatterton Williams, Contributing Writer, The Atlantic; Author of Losing My Cool and Self-Portrait in Black and White; Visiting Professor of Humanities and Senior Fellow, Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College; Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Moderated by:
Vivian Schiller, Vice President and Executive Director, Aspen Digital, The Aspen Institute
Contributions:
Shannon McGregor, Associate Professor at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, and Principal Investigator with the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Yphtach Lelkes, Associate Professor of Communication and Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
12:15 pm
01:25 pm

Lunch

Granada Ballroom and Terrace
01:30 pm
02:25 pm

Breakout Sessions

Choose one
Effective Regulation of Digital Markets: Lessons from Empirical Research
Merrick Room
Christopher Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer and Information Science; Founding Director, Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition, University of Pennsylvania
Gene Kimmelman, Senior Policy Fellow, Tobin Center for Economic Policy, Yale University
Information Integrity, Race and U.S. Elections
Stoneman Douglas Room
Spencer Overton, The Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professorship; Professor of Law George Washington University
Brandi Collins-Dexter, Visiting Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
Dani Brown, 1855 Community and Urban Journalism Professor and Associate Professor, Michigan State University
Kathryn Peters, Democracy Strategist, Technologist and Champion
02:30 pm
03:25 pm

Breakout Sessions

Choose one
Democracy and Platform Governance: A Series of Lightning Talks
Merrick Room
The Case for Democratic Governance of Social Media
Paul Gowder, Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Research and Intellectual Life, Northwestern University
Why We Should Study the Democratic Implications of Gaming Platforms
T.L. Taylor, Professor of Comparative Media Studies, MIT
Democratic Backsliding and Online Platforms
Andrew Thompson, Assistant Professor of Political Science, George Washington University
Large Language Models and Content Moderation
John Curtis Samples, Vice President, Cato Institute; Member, Meta Oversight Board
Areas of Emerging Scientific Consensus: A Series of Lightning Talks
Stoneman Douglas Room
An Overview of the Facebook and Instagram Election Study’s Preliminary Findings
Talia Stroud, E.M. "Ted" Dealey Professor in Business Journalism, Founder and Director, Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin
Joshua Tucker, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Center for Social Media and Politics, New York University
Unveiling the Neely Ethics and Technology Indices
Ravi Iyer, Managing Director, Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making; Managing Director, Psychology of Technology Institute, University of Southern California
Nate Fast, Jorge Paulo and Susanna Lemann Chair in Entrepreneurship, and Director, Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making, USC Marshall School of Business
Juliana Schroeder, Harold Furst Chair in Management Philosophy and Values, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley
Lessons Learned for Regulators from the Oversight Board’s Implementation Work
Naomi Shiffman, Head of Data and Implementation, Meta Oversight Board
03:30 pm
04:30 pm

Cafecito

Country Club Courtyard
Recharge over a traditional cuban coffee.
04:30 pm
05:15 pm

Fireside Chat

Country Club Ballroom
Featuring:
danah boyd, Partner Researcher, Microsoft Research; Distinguished Visiting Professor, Georgetown University; Founder and Advisor, Data & Society
Tressie McMillan Cottom, Associate Professor, UNC School of Information and Library Science; Senior Faculty Researcher, Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life; New York Times Columnist; 2020 MacArthur Fellow
Janet Vertesi, Associate Professor of Sociology, Princeton University
05:20 pm
06:10 pm

The Lawfare Podcast: Government Use of Open-Source Information

Country Club Ballroom
Should government actors monitor public online communications? Under what circumstances and to what ends? What are the risks and how can they be mitigated? This discussion will explore the evolving norms around domestic surveillance of speech in the digital public sphere. This expert discussion will be recorded live for the Lawfare Podcast.
Featuring:
Benjamin Wittes, Editor in Chief, Lawfare; Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
Quinta Jurecic, Senior Editor, Lawfare; Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
Hon. Kenneth L. Wainstein, Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security
Jameel Jaffer, Executive Director, Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University
06:30 pm
08:15 pm

Dinner

Granada Ballroom and Terrace
08:15 pm
09:00 pm

Break

9:00 pm
10:00 pm

Late Night Snacks: Big Tech and The News

Danielson Room
Journalism organizations and dominant digital platforms are enmeshed in a high-stakes confrontation over content, clicks and revenue. With democracy on the line, what are the policy options that can encourage both the sustainability and quality of news content on popular online platforms? This fireside chat will be recorded live for Tech Policy Press’s The Sunday Show podcast.
Cory Doctorow, Science fiction author, activist and journalist
Anya Schiffrin, Director, Technology, Media, and Communications, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
Justin Hendrix, CEO and Editor, Tech Policy Press

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

07:30 am
09:15 am

Breakfast

Country Club Courtyard
09:30 am
10:30 am

Breakout Sessions

Choose one
The State of Research Infrastructure: A Moderated Discussion
Merrick Room
Josephine Lukito, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism and Media
David Lazer, University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer Sciences, Northeastern University; Co-Director, NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks
Cameron Hickey, CEO, National Conference on Citizenship and Project Director for Algorithmic Transparency
Libby Hemphill, Associate Professor of Information, University of Michigan; Director, Resource Center for Minority Data, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
Andrew Sellars, Clinical Associate Professor of Law; Executive Director, BU/MIT Student Innovations Law Clinic, Boston University School of Law
John Wihbey, Associate Professor of Media Innovation and Technology, Northeastern University
Moderated by:
Zeve Sanderson, Executive Director, NYU Center for Social Media and Politics
Artificial Intelligence, the Law and Society: A Series of Lightning Talks
Stoneman Douglas Room
A Malpractice Regime of Regulating Artificial Intelligence
Chinmayi Sharma, Associate Professor, Fordham Law School; Cybersecurity and Technology Fellow, the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, University University of Texas at Austin
Generative AI’s Impact on Legal Services and Society
Andrew Perlman, Dean and Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School
Fundamental Questions of Copyright and Creativity Raised by Generative Artificial Intelligence
Anna Tumadóttir, interim CEO, Creative Commons
10:45 am
11:45 am

Protocols, Not Platforms: The Promise and Peril of Federated Social Media Networks

Country Club Ballroom
In recent years, federated social media networks have begun to offer an alternative to the platforms that have grown over the last two decades. Three leaders in this field will discuss what distinguishes this model from the social media experience as we’ve come to know it in a conversation that explores this protocol-based approach and the technological and normative challenges technologists must address to make it work.
Featuring:
Jay Graber, CEO, Bluesky
Mike Masnick, CEO, Copia Institute; CEO and Founder, Floor64; Editor, TechDirt
Moderated by:
Yoel Roth, Knight Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania
11:50 am
12:10 pm

Closing Remarks

Country Club Ballroom
John Sands, Senior Director, Media and Democracy, Knight Foundation
12:10 pm
1:00 pm

Lunch

Country Club Courtyard
1:00 pm
4:00 pm

Optional Post-conference Program: Signal Over Noise in AI Elections: Driving Focus and Dodging Distraction

Aragon
Hosted by Aspen Digital
Additional registration required. Please follow the instructions provided to you by email to sign up.
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Cameron Hickey
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Ravi Iyer
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Jameel Jaffer
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Quinta Jurecic
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Gene Kimmelman
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Kate Klonick
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David Lazer
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Yphtach Lelkes
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Josephine (Jo) Lukito
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Katherine Maher
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Chris Marchese
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Mike Masnick
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Shannon McGregor
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Tressie McMillan Cottom
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Alondra Nelson
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Spencer Overton
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Matt Perault
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Kathryn Peters
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Maribel Pérez Wadsworth
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Andrew Perlman
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Alexandra Reeve Givens
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Yoel Roth
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Dame Louise Richardson
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John Curtis Samples
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John Sands
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Anya Schiffrin
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Vivian Schiller
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Juliana Schroeder
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Andrew Sellars
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Chinmayi Sharma
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Naomi Shiffman
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Talia Stroud
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Elham Tabassi
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T.L. Taylor
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Andrew Thompson
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Joshua Tucker
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Janet Vertesi
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Hon. Kenneth L. Wainstein
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John Wihbey
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Benjamin Wittes
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Christopher Yoo
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Ashley Zohn