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Conversations on the Edge: Social Media and Democracy

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Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

459 Broadway

Cambridge, MA 02138

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Conversations on the Edge: Social Media and Democracy

October 18, 6-7:30pm.
Fitzgerald Theatre at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
459 Broadway, Cambridge, MA

Social media influences our world immensely as a means of consuming information and interacting with others. As both a tool for fake news and for civic engagement and organization, this conversation will consider how social media’s rise has changed the ways in which we participate as informed citizens in our democracy.

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Dr. Jacob Groshek - Associate Professor, Emerging Media Studies, Boston University

Dr. Groshek’s research focuses on the democratic utility of communication technologies and the ways in which the structure, content and uses of online and mobile media may influence sociopolitical change. He also leads workshops in Making Social Media Matter that are available to the general public to earn a Certificate in Social Media Analysis.

Alexa Hasse - Project Coordinator, Youth and Media Project at Berkman Klein Center

Alexa is the Project Coordinator for the Youth and Media project at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Prior to this position, she worked in a healthcare startup, and in the Personal Robotics Group at the MIT Media Lab. Her research interests include how youth develop a sense of identity on social media, and the intersection of technology use and moral development.

Dr. Charles Nesson - Weld Professor of Law, Harvard University

Professor Nesson charted the early field of Internet law in 1997 when he founded the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, which has since evolved to become the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Once referred to as “Dean of Cyberspace,” he has spent much of his career as a leading expert in technology and its relationship to the law.

CRSL Student Panelist (To Be Announced)

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Sasha Costanza-Chock - Associate Professor of Civic Media, MIT

Sasha Costanza-Chock is a scholar, activist, and media-maker, and currently Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT. Their work focuses on social movements, transformative media organizing, and design justice. Sasha’s first book, Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets: Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement, was published by the MIT Press in 2014.


This event is presented in partnership with Cambridge Community Foundation, Cambridge Community Television, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. For more information on this series, please visit ccae.org/conversations.


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