February 21, 22, 23, 2020
No country in the world has been immune to the 21st century media revolution. A time when three networks and a daily newspaper presented Americans with similar stories and commentary is behind us. Today’s user of a personal cell phone and the Internet has immediate access to thousands of information sources from around the world. An individual also has the unprecedented power to share information that may or may not be true with millions.
Once hailed as a tool that would bring people and nations closer together, the Internet has also had the opposite effect, segmenting users into interest groups. Relying on vast quantities of data, social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google “microtarget” specific demographic and cultural groups. Many observers of this media free-for-all see it as a threat to democratic institutions and individual rights, privacy and security.
Individuals or governments that want to disrupt their own societies or others exploit the freedom of media to set one group against another or to sway an election. Some websites appeal to emotions, including fear.
Join us to learn how technology is shaping the flow of information and how it is used. Where do people in most countries get their news and other information? Will traditional media survive, and in what form? How are visual images especially effective in shaping our understanding of political and social issues?
How can journalists and the public discern what is misinformation, disinformation, or malicious distortion? How are hostile countries such as Russia weaponizing media to influence politics and elections?
When repressive governments or special interests target journalists, how can journalists operate? What role are social media playing in political movements around the world?
Who should bear responsibility for media content? Is regulation of the media – especially of social media – a good idea?
The Conference will once again be at the following venues:
And independent venue:
David Brancaccio is host and senior editor of American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report, the business program with the largest audience in any medium.
His Economy 4.0 series on Marketplace focused on ways to make
the economy better serve more people. He anchored the award-winning public
television news program NOW on PBS until 2010. His reporting has focused on
the future of the economy, regulation of financial markets, the role of technology
in labor markets, human rights, the environment, and social enterprises.
David’s work has earned some of the highest honors in broadcast journalism,
including the Peabody, the Columbia-duPont, the Emmy, and the Walter Cronkite
awards. His feature-length documentary film about economic alternatives entitled
Fixing the Future was released in theaters nationwide in 2012 and is now
available from Netflix, iTunes, and on-demand cable television.
He is author of a book about Americans applying their personal values to their
money, entitled Squandering Aimlessly. David has a BA from Wesleyan
University and an MA in journalism from Stanford University. He is married to
Mary Brancaccio, a poet and educator. He grew up in Waterville, Maine and also
attended schools in Madagascar, Ghana, and Italy. His enjoys public speaking,
moderating, bicycling and photography.
Nicco Mele is on the faculty at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and is the faculty co-chair of the Harvard Council on the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence.
From 2016 to 2019, Nicco was the Director of the Center, where he started new programs focused on understanding misinformation on social networks; sustainable models for local journalism; institutional anti-racism in media and algorithms; and platform accountability. He continues to teach classes on technology’s impact on media, politics, and public policy. Nicco’s prior experience includes founding technology companies, working on political campaigns, and a stint as a media executive at the Los Angeles Times. He advises several startups, including Blueprint Robotics (on-demand manufacturing), Optimus Ride (autonomous vehicles), Plympton (publishing), and Cignify (data analytics). Nicco serves as the board chair of Democracy.Works and MassPoetry. He has published widely, including the international bestseller The End of Big: How The Digital Revolution Makes David The New Goliath published in 2013 by St. Martin’s Press. Longer bio available here.
Lydia Cacho Ribeiro is a journalist, writer, social activist, human rights advocate and a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Agency against Drugs and Crime. Described by Amnesty International as “perhaps Mexico’s most famous investigative journalist and women’s rights advocate”, Cacho’s reporting focuses on violence against and sexual abuse of women and children.
Her brave journalistic investigations have taken her to 132 countries and made her the most awarded journalist in Mexico with 55 international awards.
Born in Mexico City, Cacho settled in Cancún, Mexico in 1985, where she began working at the newspaper Novedades de Cancún. She has published hundreds of articles, a book of poetry, a novel, several books of essays on human rights and other nonfiction works. She speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese and English.
A fearless and courageous defender of the rights of women and children in Mexico, Cacho routinely risks her life to shelter women from abuse and challenge powerful government and business leaders who profit from child prostitution and pornography. Cacho founded Ciam Cancún, a shelter for battered women and children, providing refuge for countless individuals.
Her writings have resulted in shining the spotlight on issues that are normally not challenged. In her 2005 book, Los Demonios del Edén (Demons of Eden), Cacho accused a prominent businessman of protecting a child pornographer, which resulted in her illegal arrest. While in jail she was beaten and abused. She became the first woman to bring a case to the Mexican Supreme Court; the court ruled that the content of her book was truthful.
Cacho’s books also include Mujer Delfin [Dolphin Woman], a poetry book published in 1997, and Muerdele El Corazon [Bite the Heart], a novel published in 2005 about a woman who is HIV positive. Three of her Best Sellers works have become university textbooks in several Latin American countries. Her books have been translated into more than fifteen languages.
Confronted with countless credible threats against her life, Cacho has refused offers of asylum from the United States, France and Spain. She will not leave her country and abandon the women and children she has dedicated her life to protecting. An April 2007 Washington Post article described Cacho as “one of Mexico’s most celebrated and imperiled journalists.” The article went on to explain that she “is a target in a country where at least seventeen journalists have been killed in the past five years and that trailed only Iraq in media deaths during 2006.
Cacho has received many awards for her work as a humanitarian and a journalist, including the State Journalists Prize, the Amnesty International Ginetta Sagan Award for Women and Children’s Rights, and the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Freedom of Expression Award. In her acceptance speech for the Courage in Journalism Award Cacho said: “Journalists are their mirrors to the world, so that the world can see them and hear their stories. And that is why I cannot be silenced.”
Can Dündar has been working as a journalist for the last 40 years, for newspapers, magazines and TV companies. He produced many TV documentaries, focusing particularly on modern Turkish history and biographies. He has been an anchorman for several news channels.
He stepped down from his post as the editor in chief of the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet in August 2016, after he was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months of imprisonment due to his story on the Turkish Intelligence Service’s involvement in the Syrian war. He was jailed for 3 months and survived an assassination attempt. He now lives in exile in Germany. He is a columnist for the German daily Die Zeit and commentator for German WDR’s Cosmo. To provide independent coverage of current affairs in Turkey, he founded the online news radio #Özgürüz in exile. Dündar was nominated as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. He is the writer of 40 books, some of which have been published in German, English, Italian, Spanish, Greek and Chinese.
Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, the Walter and Leonore Director of the university’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, and Program Director of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.
She has authored or co-authored 16 books, most recently Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President (Oxford University Press), which won the 2019 R.R. Hawkins Award from the Association of American Publishers. Including Cyberwar, six of the books that Jamieson has authored or co-authored have received a total of nine political science or communication book awards (Packaging the Presidency, Eloquence in an Electronic Age, Spiral of Cynicism, Presidents Creating the Presidency, and The Obama Victory.) She co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Political Communication and The Oxford Handbook of the Science of Science Communication. Jamieson has won university-wide teaching awards at each of the three universities at which she has taught and has delivered the American Political Science Association’s Ithiel de Sola Poole Lecture, the National Communication Association’s Arnold Lecture, and the NASEM Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education Henry and Bryna David Lecture. Her paper “Implications of the Demise of ‘Fact’ in Political Discourse” received the American Philosophical Society’s 2016 Henry Allen Moe Prize. Jamieson’s work has been funded by the FDA and the MacArthur, Ford, Carnegie, Pew, Robert Wood Johnson, Packard, and Annenberg Foundations. She is the co-founder of FactCheck.org and its subsidiary site, SciCheck, and director of The Sunnylands Constitution Project, which has produced more than 30 award-winning films on the Constitution for high school students. Jamieson is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the International Communication Association, and a past president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
Jeff Jarvis is a national leader in the development of online news, blogging, the investigation of new business models for news, and the teaching of entrepreneurial journalism. He writes an influential media blog, Buzzmachine.com.
He is author of “Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News” (CUNY Journalism Press, 2014); “Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live” (Simon & Schuster, 2011); “What Would Google Do?” (HarperCollins 2009), and the Kindle Single “Gutenberg the Geek.”
He has consulted for media companies including The Guardian, Digital First Media, Postmedia, Sky.com, Burda, Advance Publications, and The New York Times company at About.com.
Prior to joining the Newmark J-School, Jarvis was president of Advance.net, the online arm of Advance Publications, which includes Condé Nast magazines and newspapers across America.
He was the creator and founding managing editor of Entertainment Weekly magazine and has worked as a columnist, associate publisher, editor, and writer for a number of publications, including TV Guide, People, the San Francisco Examiner, the Chicago Tribune, and the New York Daily News.
His freelance articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country, including the Guardian, The New York Times, the New York Post, The Nation, Rolling Stone, and BusinessWeek.
Jarvis holds a B.S.J. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He was named one of the 100 most influential media leaders by the World Economic Forum at Davos.
Indira Lakshmanan is executive editor at the non-profit Pulitzer Center, which supports in-depth global reporting in U.S. media. She herself has reported from 80 countries on six continents for leading U.S. newspapers, radio, television and a wire service.
Since 2016, she’s been The Boston Globe’s Washington columnist, following eight years at Bloomberg covering foreign policy and politics and traveling regularly with secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.
For two years, she wrote a “Letter from Washington” column for the International New York Times, and she’s been a special correspondent for PBS Newshour and Politico Magazine.
Indira spent a dozen years as a foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe in Bosnia, Asia and Latin America. She started her career on the foreign desk at NPR, and has guest-hosted numerous national public radio programs including “1A,” “Here and Now,” and “On Point.” Most recently, she was the Newmark chair in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute, where she focused on restoring trust in journalism through transparency and accountability.
Indira graduated from Harvard and did graduate studies at Oxford University. Her awards include a Nieman journalism fellowship.
James Nachtwey has been a contract photographer with Time Magazine since 1984. He was associated with Black Star from 1980 – 1985 and was a member of Magnum from 1986 until 2001. In 2001, he became one of the founding members of the photo agency, VII.
James Nachtwey grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Dartmouth College, where he studied Art History and Political Science (1966-70). Images from the Vietnam War and the American Civil Rights movement had a powerful effect on him and were instrumental in his decision to become a photographer. He has worked aboard ships in the Merchant Marine, and while teaching himself photography, he was an apprentice news film editor and a truck driver.
In 1976 he started work as a newspaper photographer in New Mexico, and in 1980, he moved to New York to begin a career as a freelance magazine photographer. His first foreign assignment was to cover civil strife in Northern Ireland in 1981 during the IRA hunger strike. Since then, Nachtwey has devoted himself to documenting wars, conflicts and critical social issues. He has worked on extensive photographic essays in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza, Israel, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the Philippines, South Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Rwanda, South Africa, Russia, Bosnia, Chechnya, Kosovo, Romania, Brazil and the United States.
Nachtwey has been a contract photographer with Time Magazine since 1984. He was associated with Black Star from 1980 – 1985 and was a member of Magnum from 1986 until 2001. In 2001, he became one of the founding members of the photo agency, VII. He has had solo exhibitions at the International Center of Photography in New York, the Bibliotheque nationale de France in Paris, the Palazzo Esposizione in Rome, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, Culturgest in Lisbon, El Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles, the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, the Canon Gallery and the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, the Carolinum in Prague,and the Hasselblad Center in Sweden, among others.
He has received numerous honours such as the Common Wealth Award, Martin Luther King Award, Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award, Henry Luce Award, Robert Capa Gold Medal (five times), the World Press Photo Award (twice), Magazine Photographer of the Year (seven times), the International Center of Photography Infinity Award (three times), the Leica Award (twice), the Bayeaux Award for War Correspondents (twice), the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, the Canon Photo essayist Award and the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Grant in Humanistic Photography. He is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and has an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Arts.
Nic Newman is a journalist and digital strategist who played a key role in shaping the BBC’s internet services over more than a decade.
He was a founding member of the BBC News Website, leading international coverage as World Editor (1997-2001). As Head of Product Development for BBC News he helped introduce innovations such as blogs, podcasting and on-demand video. Most recently he led digital teams, developing websites, mobile and interactive TV applications for News, Sport, Weather and Local.
He has played an important part in the development of social media strategies and guidelines for the wider BBC. Nic is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and a consultant on digital media. He is married with three children and lives in London.
Joshua A. Tucker is Professor of Politics, affiliated Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, and affiliated Professor of Data Science at New York University.
He is the Director of NYU’s Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia, a co-Director of the NYU Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) laboratory (smappnyu.org), and a co-author/editor of the award-winning politics and policy blog The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post. He serves on the advisory board of the American National Election Study, the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems, and numerous academic journals, and was the co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Experimental Political Science.
His original research was on mass political behavior in post-communist countries, including voting and elections, partisanship, public opinion formation, and protest participation. More recently, he has been at the forefront of the newly emerging field of study of the relationship between social media and politics. His research in this area has included studies on the effects of network diversity on tolerance, partisan echo chambers, online hate speech, the effects of exposure to social media on political knowledge, online networks and protest, disinformation and fake news, how authoritarian regimes respond to online opposition, and Russian bots and trolls.
His research has appeared in over two-dozen scholarly journals, and his most recent book is the co-authored Communism’s Shadow: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Political Attitudes (Princeton University Press, 2017). Professor Tucker’s research on social media and politics has been supported by over $3.5 million in grants and gifts in the past two years from five philanthropic foundations and the National Science Foundation. In 2006, he was awarded the Emerging Scholar Award for the top scholar in the field of Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior within 10 years of the doctorate. Follow him @j_a_tucker.
Claire Wardle is a leading expert on social media, user generated content, and verification. Her research sits at the increasingly visible and critical intersection of technology, communications theory, and mass and social media.
Dr. Wardle is the co-founder and leader of First Draft, the world’s foremost nonprofit focused on research and practice to address mis- and disinformation. First Draft is housed at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where Dr. Wardle is a Research Fellow. Previously, Dr. Wardle was the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School. She has worked with newsrooms and humanitarian organizations around the world, providing training and consultancy on digital transformation. Dr. Wardle earned a PhD in communications and an MA in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Welcome and Keynote Address
Adjourn for the Day
Adjourn for the Day
Abramson, Jill. Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts. Simon & Schuster, Inc. 2019.
A view of two legacy and two upstart companies as they plow through a revolution in technology, economics, standards, commitment and endurance that pits old vs. new media.
Edwards, Bob. Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism. John Wiley & Sons,
“Most Americans living today never heard Ed Murrow in a live broadcast. This book is for them I
want them to know that broadcast journalism was established by someone with the highest
standards.” Bob Edwards
Gurri, Martin. The Revolt of the Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium. Stripe Press. 2018.
Technology and the shift in information balance of power between the public and the elites who manage the hierarchical institutions of the industrial age government, political parties and the media.
Halberstam, David. The Powers That Be. University of Illinois press. 2001.
The development of the media centers in the U.S., newspaper, radio and television and the people and families who have made a business of the first amendment’s cherished freedom of the press.
Howard, Philip N. and Muzammil M. Hussein. Democracy’s Fourth Wave: Digital Media and the Arab Spring. Oxford University Press. 2013.
A exploration of whether digital media caused the “Arab Spring” and a deeper history of creative digital activism in the region.
Jamieson, Kathleen Hall. Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President What We Don’t, Can’t and Do Know. Oxford University Press . 2020.
An analysis and conclusion that through troll posts, unique polling data, the use of hacked content and a synthesis of half a century of media effects literature Russia, probably but not certainly, helped elect Donald Trump.
Jones, Alex S. Losing the News: The Future of the News that Feeds Democracy. Oxford University Press. 2011.
A probing look at the epochal changes sweeping the media and eroding the core news that has been the essential food supply of our democracy.
Kennedy, Dan. The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century. ForeEdge. 2018.
The story of the daily newspaper, an unchecked slide from record profitability and readership to plummeting profits, increasing irrelevance and inevitable obsolescence.
Lee, Peter. The Politics of Climate Change, Military Intervention and Financial Crisis. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 2015.
A look at truth through analyzing military interventions, environmental disasters and financial crisis.
McCraw, David E. Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts. All Points Books. 2019.
His experience as the top newsroom lawyer for the New York Times during the most turbulent era for journalism in generations.
Macdonald, Hector. Truth: How the Many Sides to Every Story Shape Our Reality. Little, Brown and Company. 2018.
Clear-eyed compelling guidelines for becoming a more accurate consumer and producer of information.
McNamee, Roger. Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe. Penguin Press. 2019. A noted tech venture capitalist’s view of the serious damage Facebook is doing to our society, and his attempts to stop it.
Mounk, Yascha. The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save it. Harvard University Press. 2018.
A view of the breakdown of conditions that make a liberal democracy work and how to restore them.
Newman, Nic with Richard Fletcher, Antonis Kalogeropoulos, David A. L. Levy and Rasmus Kleis. The Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2018. Reuters Institute. University of Oxford. 2018.
Seventh annual report on the changing environment around news across countries through a survey of more than 74,000 people in 37 markets in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
O’Connor, Callin and James Owen Weatherall. The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread. Yale University Press. 2018.
The social dynamics of “alternative facts”: why what you believe depends on who you know.
Halberstam, David. Rusbridger, Alan. Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why it Matters Now. Picador. 2019.
An urgent account of how the revolution in technology has upended the news business.
Sumpter, David. Outnumbered: From Facebook and Google to Fake News and Filter-bubbles-The Algorithms That Control our Lives. Bloomsbury Sigma. 2018.
An investigation into the equations that analyze us, influence us and will (maybe) become like us, a mildly skeptical analysis of internet data manipulation.
Wu, Tim. The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. 2011.
An analysis of the strategic maneuvers of today’s great information powers-Apple, Google, and an eerily resurgent AT&T.
Eggers, David. The Circle. Large Print Press. 2015
A dystopian novel about a young woman’s career with an enormous tech company called The Circle and featuring themes like transparency, privacy, virtual voyeurism and corporate personhood.
Bradlee, Ben. A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures. Simon & Schuster. 2017.
A path from Harvard to the Pinnacle of success at The Washington Post which he and his reporters transformed intone of the most influential and respected news publications in the world.
Dundar, Can. We Are Arrested: A Journalist’s Notes from a Turkish Prison. Biteback Publishing. 2016
A journalist’s account of a discovery, the decision to publish it and the events that unfolded after that decision.
Frankel, Max. The Times of My Life and My Life at the Times. Random House. 1999.
A Pulitzer prize winning journalist shares his life story and his time at the Times from stringer to bureau chief and executive editor.
Weller, Sheila. The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour, and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News. Penguin Books. 2014
An account of three women who broke through the walls of the male fortress of television journalism.
Branccacio, David. Fixing the Future. PBS Special. 2011. (60 minutes)
A profile of people and communities using innovative approaches to create jobs and build sustainable prosperity in our new economy.
Curtis, Adam. HyperNormalisation. A documentary in 9 chapters that argues that governments, financiers and technological utopians have, since the 1970s, given up on the complex “real world” and built a simpler “fake world” run by corporations and kept stable by politicians.
Kholodkov, Igor. The Panama Papers. 2016. (100 minutes).
An exploration of the hack of stolen financial information from offshore companies and the exposure of the corruption of the world’s wealthiest elite.