Tim Wu: The Battle for Our Attention

Tim Wu: The Battle for Our Attention

October 25, 2016—Tim Wu, author of The Master Switch and professor at Columbia Law School, discussed his new book, The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads, during a conversation at the Shorenstein Center with Erie Meyer,…

Zeynep Tufekci: Technology in Global Activism, Uprisings and Social Movements

Zeynep Tufekci: Technology in Global Activism, Uprisings and Social Movements

October 4, 2016 — Zeynep Tufekci, a New York Times opinion writer who focuses on the social impact of technology, discussed the advantages and shortcomings of the use of technology in protest movements. Tufekci, who is also an associate professor…

Cathy O'Neil

Cathy O’Neil—Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

October 4, 2016—Cathy O’Neil, data scientist and author of the new book Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, discussed how some algorithms can have an invisible, but important and destructive impact on people’s lives. Decisions…

FOIA in the Digital Age

FOIA in the Digital Age

9:00-10:00 a.m.  Networking Breakfast 10:00-11:30 a.m.  Panel discussion Email and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is in the national news—and has become part of the fabric of the 2016 presidential race. FOIA has helped journalists break many important national…

Mobile vs. Computer: Implications for News Audiences and Outlets

A new paper by Johanna Dunaway, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2016) and associate professor of communication at Texas A&M University, examines how mobile technology – despite expanding internet access – is also contributing to a digital divide in news consumption….

TIME’s Nancy Gibbs: The Disintermediation of Media and Politics

March 1, 2016 — Nancy Gibbs, editor of TIME, discussed the parallels between the disruption of the media industry and the upheaval of politics during the 2016 presidential campaign. In this election cycle, the “traditional entities” – the political parties,…

Criminal Justice in the Age of Big Data

“Our criminal justice system isn’t as smart as it should be.” — President Obama, July 15, 2015 This summer, President Obama addressed the 106th NAACP convention to lay out the reasons we need to reform the criminal justice system. The numbers speak…

Cybersecurity and Privacy in a Connected World

Panelists: Brent Colburn, Fellow, Institute of Politics; former Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs); Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Department of Homeland Security Kimber Dowsett, Security Architect, 18F; Mission Information Specialist, NASA Jen Ellis, Vice President of Community…

Jaron Lanier: The Digital Economy Since Who Owns The Future?

October 8, 2015 — Jaron Lanier, computer scientist and author of Who Owns the Future? and You Are Not a Gadget, discussed how the current digital economy, driven by automation and efficiency, is on track to leave large segments of…

Media and Politics: What’s Next?
A Conversation with the Joan Shorenstein Fellows

April 21, 2015 — The Shorenstein Center closed its spring semester event series with a conversation with the Spring 2015 Joan Shorenstein Fellows: William E. Buzenberg, former executive director of The Center for Public Integrity, Jackie Calmes, national correspondent for…