Can Truth Please Stand Up? Chasing Truth, Online

Mar 16, 2021

10:15am – 11:10am CT

This is a discussion of technology, law, ethics, and the pursuit of truth. How can a democratic society find real and sustaining solutions to the problems of information disorder, weaponization of toxic speech, and partisan information silos, all without concentrating power in the hands of a few or damaging free expression? Social media has transformed the basic tasks of society: finding consensus, uncovering truth and falsity, setting boundaries on power. Technology can make democracy vibrant; it can also be a breeding ground for information chaos, abuses of power, and silencing of necessary voices. Which future we get depends on a confluence of law, ethics, and technology.

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David McCraw

New York Times

Vivian Schiller

Aspen Digital

Becky Taylor

Fountech Ventures, Inc.

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