#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media

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#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media

Time: May 4, 2017 from 8am to 9:15am
Location: Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Street: 170 E. 64th Street
City/Town: New York
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Event Type: puiblic affairs
Organized By: Carnegie Council
Latest Activity: Apr 21, 2017

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As the Internet grows more sophisticated, it is creating new threats to democracy. Social media companies such as Facebook can sort us ever more efficiently into groups of the like-minded, creating echo chambers that amplify our views. It's no accident that on some occasions, people of different political views cannot even understand each other. It's also no surprise that terrorist groups have been able to exploit social media to deadly effect. Welcome to the age of #Republic.

Does online fragmentation endanger the shared conversations, experiences, and understandings that are the lifeblood of democracy? If so, what can be done about it?

Cass R. Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School, where he is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy. From 2009 to 2012 he served in the Obama administration as administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

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