Held in partnership with the Aspen Institute Romania, the Socrates Seminar will take place from May 24 to May 26, 2019. Socrates international seminars include three seminar sessions, program meals, and local excursions/tours. Seminar tuition is $2,000, which includes lodging, materials, meals, and an excursion. Tuition does not include travel.
Friend or Foe?: How Tech Is Transforming Democracy
Technology has transformed democratic societies in recent years from playing a significant role in recent elections on both sides of the Atlantic to amplifying the voices of ordinary citizens on everyday matters. This Socrates Seminar will explore opportunities and challenges presented by technology with a focus on social media. To what extent were social media disinformation campaigns successful in impacting recent elections in the Unites States and Europe? Has social media increased diversity in political participation, or has vitriolic online hate and instances of violence become a deterrent to participation? Have online organizing tools increased constructive advocacy, or not? Is regulation the solution, or can technology ultimately police itself? Does tech help or hurt our democracies?
Moderated by Dr. Mischa Thompson, Policy Advisor at the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE, also known as the Helsinki Commission).