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Friday, September 28 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Is Social Media Good for Democracy?

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Facebook, Twitter and the perils of the brave new world.

Supported by Texas A&M University and Texas State Technical College

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Gene Park

Embedded Audience Editor for The Washington Post's Opinion Desk
Park has served as embedded audience editor for The Washington Post’s opinion desk since 2015. He has represented The Washington Post on various emerging social media platforms, including Facebook Live, Reddit and Twitch. Prior to joining the Post, Park was a community manager and... Read More →

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Jim Brady

CEO of Spirited Media and Former Public Editor of ESPN
Brady has served as CEO and co-founder of Spirited Media, a mobile-focused news startup, since 2014. He was previously the public editor for ESPN and executive editor of washingtonpost.com. Brady has also served as editor-in-chief of Digital First Media and as an executive for America... Read More →
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Roger McNamee

Managing Director at Elevation Partners
McNamee helped launch Elevation Partners, an investment partnership focused on the intersection of media/entertainment content and consumer technology, in 2004. Previously, he co-founded Silver Lake Partners, the first private equity fund focused on technology businesses. McNamee... Read More →
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Vivian Schiller

CEO of the Civil Media Foundation and Former Head of News at Twitter
Schiller serves as CEO of the Civil Media Foundation, which distributes philanthropic grants in support of sustainable journalism. She previously served as head of news at Twitter, leading the company’s strategy for news and partnerships. Schiller has also served as senior vice... Read More →
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Siva Vaidhyanathan

Director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia
Vaidhyanathan is the director of the Center for Media and Citizenship and the Robertson professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several books on media, technology and intellectual property, including his most recent book, “Antisocial Media... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, Auditorium