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Summary

This year, the Aspen Digital Communications Policy Project is expanding its purview to focus on content moderation, a globally vital issue that has implications for everything from free expression to national security.  It is a vexing set of issues - made more urgent by the global pandemic - that requires dialog and collaboration among content and social media platforms, telecommunications companies, policy makers, security, and civic organizations speech advocates alike.

We’re jump-starting the process by hosting four online exploratory sessions in May and June.  The purpose of these sessions is to get your feedback in order to shape the best possible program.  Our goal is to build on existing thought leadership and recommendations in this space, identify gaps,  drive towards  valuable and constructive outcomes.

For questions about the Aspen Digital Communications Policy Project, please contact Kristine Gloria

MODERATOR
Vivian Schiller is a longtime executive at the intersection of journalism, media and technology. She recently joined the Aspen Institute in a new position heading up programs across media, technology and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining Aspen, Schiller served as the founding heads of the Civil Foundation, an independent not-for-profit committed to the sustainability of trustworthy journalism around the world. She is also strategic advisor to Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

Over the last 30 years, Vivian has held executive roles at some of the most respected media organization in the world. Those include: President and CEO of NPR; Global Chair of News at Twitter; General Manager of NYTimes.com; Chief Digital Office of NBC News; chief of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications; and head of CNN documentary and long form divisions. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including three Peabody Awards, four Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and dozens of Emmys.

Schiller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a Director of the Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian.

WORKING GROUP 1
Jeff Jarvis
BuzzMachine
Dan Keyserling
Jigsaw
Jeff Kosseff
US Naval Academy
Charlie Beckett
London School of Economics
John Samples
CATO Institute / FB Content Moderation Oversightboard
Joan Donovan
Shorenstein Center
Ethan Zuckerman
Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure
Tom Rosenstiel
American Press Institute
Jameel Jaffer
Knight First Amendment Institute
Susan Ness
Annenberg Public Policy Center
Andrew Keane Woods
University of Arizona
Syd Terry
Legislative Director, Rep. Schakowsky
KEY QUESTIONS
  • What is the problem that needs to be solved?
  • What is the biggest opportunity when it comes to content mod?
  • What is the biggest threat when it comes to content mod?
  • What is the lens through which we might best approach this work:
    • DECISION MAKERS: e.g. governments, courts, tech companies;
    • CONTENT: e.g. human rights, misinformation, disinformation; harassment,
    • AUDIENCE: e.g. media literacy for citizens; understanding the public for tech companies.
  • What does impact look like?
  • Who else should be involved?