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Global Governance of Internet and Social Media

Global Governance of Internet and Social Media

The Brexit referendum and the US presidential election in 2016 have demonstrated the growing role of social media platforms in shaping political debate and popular opinion, possibly affecting the outcomes of these democratic elections. This poses difficult questions for open democracies – should social media platforms be regulated in order to prevent the dissemination of false information aimed to produce political effects? If so, what shape and form could such regulations take? Or should self-regulation and neutrality be guiding principles in the interest of safe-guarding an open internet? 

Speakers:

Renee diResta, Data for Democracy and founding member of Haven. Renee has a background researching Russian disinformation and the anti-vaccine movement as well as fighting disinformation campaigns and computerized propaganda on social networks

Marcin de Kaminski, Program Director for Human Rights Defenders at Risk, Civil Rights Defenders. Marcin has a background in internet research, with a specific focus on online communities, political movements and extreme subcultures

Christian Christensen, Professor of Journalism in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University. His research has examined the intersections of journalism, politics and technology. He is also a regular contributor to The Guardian and other international news outlets

Moderator: Ludvig Norman, Research Fellow with UI’s Europe programme

The seminar was arranged together with the American embassy in Stockholm.

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