past event

Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy

Join the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy on January 16, 2018, at Stanford University Alumni Center in Palo Alto, California, as they hear from:

Panel I. Trust and Technology
Gina Bianchini, Founder and CEO of Mighty Networks
David Besbris, VP of Engineering, Search, Google
Tristan Harris, Design Ethicist, Time Well Spent

Panel II. Democracy, Citizenship and Literacy
Jennifer 8. Lee, Cofounder of Credibility Coalition
Nathaniel Persily, James B. McClatchy Professor of Law, Stanford
Sally Lehrman, Director, Journalism Ethics Program, and Director, Trust Project,
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Esther Wojcicki, Founder, Palo Alto Media Center

Doors open at 8:45 a.m.

9:00 a.m. Coffee and a light breakfast will be available

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome by Tony Marx and Jamie Woodson Knight Commission Co-Chairs

9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Panel I. Trust and Technology
This panel will address the role of technology in shaping trust in a networked world. It will explore the impact of the modern information ecosystem on public consumption of news and information. Panelists will speak to technical design elements, potential societal effects and how major platforms address issues of trust in the delivery and consumptions of news, in democratic institutions, and in their own businesses.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Panel II. Democracy, Citizenship and Literacy
In the US, the First Amendment prevents censoring undesirable speech with extremely few exceptions. Therefore, some look to the reception end of communications for solutions, specifically, enhancing the capability of the receiver/consumer to discern and personally filter the noxious material. Variations of media, news, information, digital and civic literacies, learned at young ages, can help in the fight against false information and ultimately distrust. But they may also lead to undue skepticism. How might new literacies fit as solutions to the current crisis in trust?

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Event information
Tue Jan 16, 2018
9:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Stanford Alumni Center
326 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6105