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Social Media: How Is It Influencing Society, and How Should Society Influence It?

The Austin Forum on Technology & Society

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 6:15 PM to 8:30 PM (CDT)

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The Austin Forum on Technology & Society

in partnership with Austin Public Library

presents

Social Media: How Is It Influencing Society, and How Should Society Influence It?

Moderator

Sherri Greenberg, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

Speakers

Amy Atchley, Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies, Austin Energy

Robert Chesney, School of Law, The University of Texas at Austin

Amanda Zamora, The Texas Tribune

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Austin Central Library - Event Center

710 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

5:45 p.m. – Doors Open
6:15 p.m. – Presentation, Q&A
7:30 p.m. – Networking

Social media is pervasive in the connected world. Facebook now has over 2 billion active users, Twitter shares over 500 million tweets per day, YouTube receives 300 minutes of uploaded video content every second, LinkedIn has become the de facto professional platform, and Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and others are thriving for some purposes and audiences. With billions of people spending so much time in social media platforms, it is increasingly important to understand how these platforms are shaping our society.  

Austin experts and leaders will discuss and debate the current issues in social media—news consumption, fake news, digital privacy, influence on younger audiences, and more—and share their recommendations for how social media platforms should be used, enhanced and/or limited, and potentially even regulated. There will be an extensive Q&A period for attendees followed by a networking event with the speakers and other experts on the topic. It is sure to be a lively night of discussion at the Austin Forum!

We welcome your participation in advance. Please send us your questions, answers, and prognostications at info@austinforum.org.

Admission to the Austin Forum is always free.

The Austin Forum accepts donations of used cell phones and smart phones at all our events. All devices will have a factory reset and be set up as new by the team at Austin Pathways’ nationally-recognized “Unlocking the Connection” initiative, which will connect every public housing resident with a digital device, digital literacy training, and a free or very low-cost internet connection. Your donated phone can change lives and help close Austin's digital divide, thanks to Austin Pathways.

Thanks to Austin Public Library for their partnership.


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And a special thanks to all our sponsors!







 

 

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Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library
710 West Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78701

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 6:15 PM to 8:30 PM (CDT)


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The Austin Forum on Technology & Society

The Austin Forum is a monthly community engagement activity bringing together technology leaders, advocates, and the public to share information and stimulate collaborations to promote technology applications that advance society. Forum topics  cover technology applications, opportunities, and policies in all aspects of society: health/medicine, business/industry, science/research, education, government, entertainment, and social good.

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