Breaking the News: Free Speech & Democracy in the Age of Platform Monopoly

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Breaking the News: Free Speech and Democracy in the Age of Platform Monopoly

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

8:45 AM – 4:45 PM

The Marriott Marquis

901 Massachusetts Ave. NW

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Featured Keynotes:

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee

Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Makan Delrahim, Department of Justice

Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law

Also Featuring:

Mark Thompson, CEO, The New York Times

Robert Thomson, CEO, News Corporation

Please join us on Tuesday, June 12, for “Breaking the News: Free Speech and Democracy in the Age of Platform Monopoly,” an all-day conference hosted by the Open Markets Institute and the Tow Center at the Columbia University School of Journalism. Our speakers will explore how the power and business models of large online and telecom intermediaries affect the ability of reporters and editors to gather and distribute news in the 21st century.

The guiding question for the day will be: How do we ensure that America’s journalists are fully independent, and that they are robustly supported to report the news, both nationally and locally, that is so vital to sustaining our democracy?

Participants include:

Julia Angwin, author of Dragnet Nation and former Senior Reporter at ProPublica

Emily Bell, Professor of Professional Practice & Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University

Esha Bhandari, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project

Christian D’Cunha, Head of Private Office of Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor

Terrance Egger, Publisher, Philadelphia Media Network

Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times and Global Economic Analyst at CNN

Sara Fischer, Media Reporter, AXIOS Media

Stephenetta Harmon, Editor-In-Chief, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

Janet Hasson, Regional Vice President & Publisher, The Providence Journal/GateHouse LLC

Sally Hubbard, Senior Editor, The Capitol Forum

Richard John, Professor of History & Communications, Columbia Journalism School

Ryan Kelly, Pulitzer Prize Winner, former Photojournalist at The Daily Progress

Lina Khan, author of Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox and Director of Legal Policy at Open Markets Institute

Jason Kint, CEO, Digital Content Next and former SVP of CBS Sports Division

Barry Lynn, Executive Director, Open Markets Institute

Roger McNamee, Managing Director, Elevation Partners and Early Stage Investor in Google and Facebook

Marc Rotenberg, President & Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center

Ben Smith, Editor in Chief, Buzzfeed

Olivier Sylvain, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University and Director of the McGannon Center

Zephyr Teachout, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University and author of Corruption in America

Tom Wheeler, former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

Jason White, Director of News Partnerships, Facebook

Additional speakers to be added.

A light breakfast will be available at 8:45 AM. Lunch will be provided.

Space is limited. RSVP required.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and not guaranteed.

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