Communications and Society Program


Symposium on the State of Race in America

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Washington, DC

New Report

Rising to the Challenge

Re-Envisioning Public Libraries

A Report of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries
By: Amy Garmer


Aspen Journal of Ideas: Netpolitik

What the Emergence of Networks Means for Diplomacy and Statecraft

by Charlie Firestone and Leshuo Dong

The overall goal of the Communications and Society Program is to promote integrated, thoughtful, values-based decision making in the fields of communications, media, and information policy. Follow us on Twitter @aspencs.

Charlie Firestone

Charlie Firestone
Executive Director

Charlie Firestone joined C&S as executive director in 1989. Since then, the program has focused on the implications of communications and information technologies for leadership; the impact of new technologies on democratic, economic and social institutions; and the development of new communications policy models and options for the public interest. Read more»


Upcoming C&S Events

Symposium on Race in America

Tuesday, April 21, 2015; 9:00 a.m. ET – 1:00 p.m. ET
Newseum, Washington, DC.
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The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program is hosting its fifth annual Aspen Institute Symposium on the State of Race in America. The Symposium intends to explore new attitudes, opportunities, and challenges for and about people of color in 21st century America. Featured panelists include attorney Benjamin Crump, Police Chief Edward Flynn of Milwaukee, Michael Fertik of and Commissioner Julie Brill of the Federal Trade Commission, among others.

Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions

Wednesday, May 6, 2015; 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET
The Aspen Institute offices at One Dupont Circle, NW, Washington, DC.
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Marc Rotenberg, President of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), will discuss his new book, Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions, which highlights visionaries from across disciplines who propose solutions to the large-scale invasions of privacy of the digital age. Panelists include chapter authors Deborah Peel, Founder & Chair, Patient Privacy Rights, and Pablo Molina, Chief Information Officer at the Association of American Law Schools. Moderated by Hayley Tsukayama, Technology Reporter, The Washington Post. Lunch will be served and books will be available for purchase.