Big, If True Webinar: Commercial Content Moderation during the Pandemic

Friday, May 8, 2020 – In this week’s episode of BIG, If True, our host Joan Donovan, PhD asks: should we trust our search engines? Have joint industry efforts – led by Facebook, Google, Microsoft, YouTube, Twitter, Reddit and LinkedIn – to limit misinformation been successful?…

Big, If True Webinar: Technologies of the Far-Right

Friday, May 1, 2020 – Do you ever wonder why certain technologies get made and others don’t? Most of the time the problem is resources, other times it’s because of breakthrough innovation, but in every case it’s also about politics….

BIG, If True: The Steak-umm Interview

“Big, If True” is a webinar series from the Technology and Social Change Research Project at the Shorenstein Center. Hosted by Dr. Joan Donovan, the series focuses on media manipulation, disinformation, and the future of democracy during a pandemic. In…

Under the Hood: Tech During Times of Crisis

Hear from technologists on the front lines of crisis response, from healthcare.gov (2013) to U.S. Digital Service (2014-now) to COVID-19 with the U.S. Digital Response (2020). Learn about what it takes to make it all happen, how to find and…

Big, If True Webinar: Two Truths and a Lie: Misinformation and Public Health

Friday, April 24, 2020 – This week Big, If True welcomed Ashish Jha, Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute in conversation with Setti Warren, Executive Director of the Shorenstein Center and former Mayor of Newton MA. What do public health advocates need to…

Kathleen Carroll: 2020 Goldsmith Career Award Winner

Every year at the Goldsmith Awards Ceremony we celebrate a leading figure in journalism and media with the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism. This year’s honoree was Kathleen Carroll, longtime reporter and Executive Editor for the Associated Press, who…

Big, If True Webinar: Race, Xenophobia, and COVID-19

Friday, April 17, 2020 – This webinar explores how COVID-19 has exacerbated existing inequalities, fueled xenophobia, and harmed marginalized groups. How can policymakers, civil society, and media mitigate against discrimination by shining a light on health disparities? What does xenophobia…

Big, If True Webinar: Democracy During a Pandemic

Friday, April 10, 2020 – Joan Donovan, Research Director of the Shorenstein Center, hosts a conversation with Nancy Gibbs, Director of the Shorenstein Center and former Editor in Chief of TIME Magazine, Setti Warren, Executive Director of the Shorenstein Center and former Mayor…

Big, If True Webinar: What is “Zoom Bombing?” Media Manipulation and Sociotechnical Vulnerabilities

Friday, April 3, 2020 – The Shorenstein Center’s Technology and Social Change Research Team describes the phenomenon of “zoom bombing,” the act of hijacking a virtual meeting, and its consequences. While many of us did not expect to spend the Spring cloistered…

Big, If True Webinar: Don’t Panic! Care, Trust, and Mutual Aid during an Infodemic

Friday, March 27, 2020 – As we become more isolated physically, social media and the web will also have to shoulder the world’s information needs as more and more people seek timely and local information. As misinformation swirls all around…