PULSE - Program on Understanding Law, Science, & Evidence

Can Social Media Be Fixed? (And Do They Need Fixing?)

Please join the Ziffren Center and PULSE for this insightful conference.

Social media bring unprecedented opportunities for speech, but also threats to democracy from hate speech, disinformation, terrorist recruiting, excessive information insularity, and uses of automated bots to distort public discourse.


Please join the Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law and the Program on Understanding Law, Science, and Evidence (PULSE) for this special event as leading academic and legal experts from across the country will compare the roles of social and traditional media and what might be done to combat threats to democracy without sacrificing freedom of speech.

8:30-9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:05 a.m. Welcome

9:05-11:45 a.m.   Panel I  
Moderator: Dale Cohen (UCLA Law; Special Counsel, Frontline)
Rob Faris (Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University)
Robyn Caplan (Rutgers University; Data & Society)
Chris Meserole (Brookings Institution)

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (co-sponsored by UCLA Burkle Center, Initiative on Security and Religious Freedom)
Lunch Speaker: Shaarik Zafar (Facebook, Public Policy)
Moderator: Haroon Azar (UCLA Burkle Center, Initiative on Security and Religious Freedom)

1:15 -3:15 p.m.   Panel II 
Moderator: Kristen Eichensehr (UCLA Law)
Siva Vaidyanathan (University of Virginia)
Kate Klonick (St. John’s Law; Yale Law School Information Society Project)
Nicco Mele (Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, Harvard University)

3:30-5:30 p.m.  Panel III  
Moderator: Richard Re (UCLA Law), 
Sarah T. Roberts (UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, Department of Information Studies)
David Kaye (UC Irvine Law; United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression) 
Daphne Keller (Stanford Center for Internet and Society)


This is a private event for UCLA Law faculty, alumni, students, and invited guests only. 



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