Three decades ago, digital networks were seen as a liberating and democratizing force. Today, as society grapples with ‘fake news,’ workers displacement, and election interference, technology seems poised to threaten self-governance, the public sphere, and the nature of employment. Experts are now working to re-design digital systems to advance democratic norms – whether it be free (but not dangerous) speech, access to justice, or meaningful labor.
The Digital Civil Society +1 series is designed to provide a regular forum for faculty, students, and community-based innovators to present their work, learn from those working on similar issues from different disciplinary perspectives, and spark or nurture cross-disciplinary engagement in the big challenges to digital civil society. The objective of the series is to spark student engagement in the many labs, research initiatives, and learning opportunities on and off campus. The speakers will examine developments in digital civil society through multidisciplinary lenses: changes in journalism, technological approaches to maintaining personal privacy, the design of artificial intelligence systems, access to knowledge, and other topics. The workshop classes will be spent discussing speakers’ presentations and workshopping student projects.
This one-unit class is a required component of the Seminar on Digital Civil Society and is open to enrollment by other students (for a single unit, credit/no credit) and to public participation. Grades are based on participation in the presentations and discussions. Students will have the opportunity to present their work in partnership with, or in search of potential colleagues from campus or the community writ large.
All speaker sessions are open to the public and will be listed as events on the Stanford PACS events page.
Fall Quarter 2019 Speakers
- Oct 1 – Ge Wang – Humans in the Loop: The Artful Design of Technology
- Oct 15 – Sharad Goel – Equitable Algorithms and Computational Policy
- Oct 29 – Nicole Coleman – Are You Worried About Data Bias? Invest in Libraries
- Nov 5 – Jay Hamilton – What is Computational Journalism? How Could it Better Support Democracy?
- Nov 19 – Consuelo Amat and Natalie Cadranel – Working with History’s Avengers at the Nexus of Academia and Grasroots Technology
Teaching Assistants for this course are Xinlan Emily Hu and Eli Cahan