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Summary

This year, the Aspen Digital Communications Policy Project is expanding its purview to focus on content moderation, a globally vital issue that has implications for everything from free expression to national security.  It is a vexing set of issues - made more urgent by the global pandemic - that requires dialog and collaboration among content and social media platforms, telecommunications companies, policy makers, security, and civic organizations speech advocates alike.

We’re jump-starting the process by hosting four online exploratory sessions in May and June.  The purpose of these sessions is to get your feedback in order to shape the best possible program.  Our goal is to build on existing thought leadership and recommendations in this space, identify gaps,  drive towards  valuable and constructive outcomes.

For questions about the Aspen Digital Communications Policy Project, please contact Kristine Gloria

MODERATOR
Vivian Schiller is a longtime executive at the intersection of journalism, media and technology. She recently joined the Aspen Institute in a new position heading up programs across media, technology and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining Aspen, Schiller served as the founding heads of the Civil Foundation, an independent not-for-profit committed to the sustainability of trustworthy journalism around the world. She is also strategic advisor to Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

Over the last 30 years, Vivian has held executive roles at some of the most respected media organization in the world. Those include: President and CEO of NPR; Global Chair of News at Twitter; General Manager of NYTimes.com; Chief Digital Office of NBC News; chief of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications; and head of CNN documentary and long form divisions. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including three Peabody Awards, four Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and dozens of Emmys.

Schiller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a Director of the Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian.

PANELISTS
Jesse Blumenthal
Koch Foundation
Rahul Chopra
Snap Inc.
Damian Collins
House of Commons (UK)
Jeffrey Collins
TikTok
Camille François
Graphika
Courtney Gregoire
Microsoft
Joel Kelsey
Chief of Staff for Senator Blumenthal
Dan Keyserling
Jigsaw
Julian King
Former European Union Commissioner
Kate Klonick
St. John’s University
Corynne McSherry
EFF
Suzanne Nossel
PEN America
Nate Persily
Stanford Cyber Policy Center
Melissa Tidwell
Independent
Claire Wardle
First Draft News
KEY QUESTIONS
  • What is the problem that needs to be solved?
  • What is the biggest opportunity when it comes to content mod?
  • What is the biggest threat when it comes to content mod?
  • What is the lens through which we might best approach this work:
    • DECISION MAKERS: e.g. governments, courts, tech companies;
    • CONTENT: e.g. human rights, misinformation, disinformation; harassment,
    • AUDIENCE: e.g. media literacy for citizens; understanding the public for tech companies.
  • What does impact look like?
  • Who else should be involved?