Knight Commission Workshop on Trust, Media and Democracy
The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, have established the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and American Democracy. Currently, trust in the major institutions of American democracy has fallen to troubling lows amid a rapidly changing information ecosystem. Without trust, democracy cannot function. It is, therefore, the Commission’s charge to examine the causes and consequences of a collapse in trust in democratic institutions, with a focus on trust in the media, journalism and the information ecosystem. In addition, the Commission seeks to identify the perennial and emerging values and social obligations that should guide those who produce, distribute and consume news and information to ensure a functioning democracy. To accomplish this, the August 2017 workshop will provide Commissioners and participants an opportunity for thoughtful discussion guided by a set of issue-driven white papers and readings.
The selections listed below are intended to stimulate conversation among Commissioners on the topic of trust in democratic institutions. We ask that participants review these readings before the August workshop. The readings are not intended for public distribution.
Section I. Democracy and Trust
Section II. Science, Technologies and Institutions of Trust
Section III. Media and Trust
Additional Workshop Materials