Feb 26, 2021

Searching for News in a Social Media Algorithm

  • Ethan Zuckerman Former Director of Civic Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Co-developer of Media Cloud

    Ethan Zuckerman
    Former Director of Civic Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Co-developer of Media Cloud

  • Govindraj Ethiraj Co-founder, Ping Digital Broadcast; India Spend, BOOM and FactChecker.

    Govindraj Ethiraj
    Co-founder, Ping Digital Broadcast; India Spend, BOOM and FactChecker.

To deconstruct social media and technological pressures on credible news.

Context

Conventional news and news organizations face an unprecedented challenge from social media entities like Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp. Artificial Intelligence is being abused to peddle disinformation and readers seem to be trapped in filter bubbles.

Against this backdrop, Ethan Zuckerman will outline key challenges for credible and factual news
in a world seemingly dominated by social media algorithms.

Focus areas of discussion

  • What is the future of credible news?
  • Is it dependent on new age entities?
  • How do we ensure algorithms do not scuttle viewpoints?
  • Is an international framework the need of the hour?
  • What kind of a monitoring mechanism is needed?
  • What legal safeguards can be effective?

Experts

Ethan Zuckerman
Ethan Zuckerman
Former Director of Civic Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Co-developer of Media Cloud

Govindraj Ethiraj
Govindraj Ethiraj
Co-founder, Ping Digital Broadcast; India Spend, BOOM and FactChecker.