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About Aspen Digital

Technology is woven into every aspect of our lives, and has brought much good to the world, but it has also brought unprecedented risks. Aspen Digital convenes, educates, and activates key constituents to work towards values-based and human solutions to these challenges. Our strength is the breadth of the individuals we bring together for both dialog and action - including policy makers, industry leaders, academics, heads of civic organizations, and other experts to ignite positive change.

Our areas of focus include:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Journalism and media policy
  • Privacy and data sovereignty
  • Urban innovation
  • Workforce development
  • Technology impact on democracy

We empower our networks to be responsible stewards of technology and digital media in the service of a more just and equitable world.

Vivian Schiller serves as the Executive Director for Aspen Digital. Vivian 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 head 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 organizations in the world. Those include: President and CEO of NPR; Global Chair of News at Twitter; General Manager of; Chief Digital Officer 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.

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