21-22 September 2021

11:00 – 15:00 EDT | 15:00 – 19:00 UTC
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Mitigating Societal Harms in a Social Media World - 2021

Technology leaders, policy makers, researchers, and concerned computing professionals are joining to collectively explore current and emerging challenges and responses. These are conversations you don’t want to miss!

The fast-paced development of innovative computing technologies that constitute truly societal-scale social media systems, and the equally large-scale impacts – good and bad – that those systems have on day-to-day life, are among the defining issues of our time.

The IEEE Computer Society’s new Tech Forum on Mitigating Societal Harms in a Social Media World brings together policymakers and technologists to explore the intersection of current technical efforts with public policies, and the resulting impacts to society.

This event focuses on elemental contributors to societal harm that can be amplified by social media – Hate Speech, Terrorism/Radicalization/Exploitation, Misinformation, and Disinformation – by delivering insights from experts developing cutting-edge solutions built on promising technologies such as AI and machine learning. Hear about the latest approaches to these critical problems, join Q&A sessions with the speakers, and participate in small group discussions on each topic.

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Key Objectives of the Forum

  • Bringing together civil society and tech to strengthen the alignment between the two groups and encourage the balance of freedom of expression and privacy concerns.
  • Learning about new approaches that require collaboration between policy and tech.
  • Delivering a unique experience to stimulate ideas and creative solutions from all angles

Benefits for Civil Attendees and Policy Makers

  • Hear about existing technologies that could solve challenges presented by societal harms.
  • Participate in break-out discussions that provide an objective space for civil attendees and policy makers to meet with technical professionals.
  • Dispel myths through access to a baseline of knowledge suited for government officials and employees,and gain objective insights into the spectrum of challenges and solutions.
  • Share concerns with technologists who are actively working on solutions.

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