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The Social Media Summit @ MIT (SMS@MIT)

The Social Media Summit @ MIT (SMS@MIT) brings together the world’s leaders in social technology to examine one of the most critical and compelling issues of our time – the impact of social media on our democracies, our economies, and our public health — with a vision to craft meaningful solutions to the social media crisis.

March 31, 2022

All Day UTC

Social media has become a dominant force for information flow in modern life – it is now a major channel for social interaction, political communication, and commercial marketing.  This rise of social media has fundamentally changed the world’s information landscape from a comparatively small number of information producers (e.g. news networks) to large numbers of producers, distributors, and receivers.  This democratization of content production and distribution has had a profound impact on how people understand the world.  Not only has the volume of information increased, but with the removal of gatekeepers on distribution, the diversity (and thus variation in quality) of the available information has also increased.  This has both positive and negative impacts on individuals and society.  The purpose of this event is to understand the impact of social media, revisit public policy frameworks that will best govern this impact, and craft an agenda going forward about how to achieve the promise of social media and avoid it’s peril. Key topics include, Reviving Competition, Rescuing Truth, Restoring Speech, Humanizing Design, Enlightening Business Models, Ensuring Transparency, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, Antitrust, Freedom of Speech, Political Polarization, the Rise of the Splinternet and the Integrity of our Elections.   As a result of the inaugural 2021 event, which attracted more than 20,000 virtual attendees, the IDE released The SMS@MIT Event Report. This special report offers a six-point roadmap for platform reform–from rescuing truth, to restoring free speech; ensuring transparency to humanizing design.   Continue to check this space for 2022 agenda information.  

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