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Aspen Ideas Festival Social Media Recap: Day 6

July 3, 2014  • Kara Burney, Guest Blogger

From exploring the evolution of the journalism industry to commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Right Act, Day 6 of the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival brought more insights and inspirations to the Aspen Institute campus. Here are the latest takeaways from the Festival that are being circulated across social media.

News at the Speed of Data

Twitter’s Head of News Vivian Schiller joined with Dataminr CEO Ted Bailey, Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff, Fusion CEO Isaac Lee, and Mic CEO Chris Altchek to discuss the paradigm shift that social platforms have catalyzed in our means of disseminating news. To illustrate the participatory power of social networks, Schiller tweeted this selfie with her fellow speakers at the start of the session, and garnered over 100 social interactions within the hour.

Watch the full session to hear more about social data-mining and Twitter’s function as a global sensor network.

Arne Duncan on Grading Higher Ed

Managing Editor of The New York Times’ The Upshot David Leonhardt joined US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Greenwald Pavillion for a conversation about the administration’s progress towards reforming equity and access in higher education. Secretary Duncan’s candid advocacy for raising teachers’ salaries, prioritizing college preparation, and addressing the staggering cost of higher education found resonance on Twitter. 

For Secretary Duncan’s complete conversation, watch the YouTube video below.

Rep. John Lewis: An Icon on the March

On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, longtime congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis joined PBS NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill to discuss his history of activism from participating in the first Freedom Rides as a college student, to the long-held tradition that inspired his award-winning graphic novel, March.

Sherrilyn Ifill, head of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (and cousin to Gwen), took to Twitter to share her takeaways from the conversation.

Which Aspen Ideas inspired you? Use the hashtag #AspenIdeas to share the festival insights that resonate most.

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