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2018 Socrates New York Salon

Socrates New York Salon

Socrates salons includes an evening reception and public panel followed by a day-long seminar the next day (8:30 am – 4:00 pm). Participants can register to attend both the reception and day-long seminar ($250) or to attend just the Friday reception ($25). 

Balancing Act: Free Speech, Regulation, and the Responsibilities of Tech Platforms

With the rise tech platforms, digital consumption, and widespread connectivity, the arenas of discourse and social interaction have become new sites of regulatory dilemmas. Misinformation, propaganda, and harassment have complicated tech platforms existing policies and approaches to free speech and the regulation of online posting. For a private company, where does their responsibility begin and end? Is there a distinction between what is acceptable in the “offline” world versus the online world? Can these tech giants – whose rapid growth and global reach were made possible by a fairly hands-off approach to community moderation – institute comprehensive policy that effectively monitors content and adheres to a social contract with the public and belief in free speech? This seminar will examine ongoing conversations, company policies, and tensions in reconciling free speech, regulation, and the responsibilities of tech platforms.

Friday Evening Panel & Reception
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Roosevelt House

Light appetizers and drinks will be served at the reception beginning at 6:00 pm. The panel will start at 7:00 pm and feature Cecilia Kang , national technology correspondent for The New York Times, in conversation with Ambassador Karen Kornbluh, director of the technology policy program and senior fellow at The German Marshall Fund. The discussion will focus on current events and how tech platforms are responding to public inquiry and challenges in managing discourse on their sites. Reception tickets are $25 and attire is business casual.


Saturday Seminar
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Roosevelt House

The seminar will begin promptly at 9:00 am and conclude by 4:00 pm. Breakfast and lunch are included. Salon tuition is $250 and includes a ticket to the Friday reception. Attire is business casual.

Seminar and panel moderated by Cecilia Kang, national technology correspondent for The New York Times.

Event information
Fri Nov 9, 2018 - Sat Nov 10, 2018
Roosevelt House
47-49 E 65th St.
New York, NY