Can Democracy Survive the Internet?

May 2nd, 2018 - 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Two Sigma Investments 101 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013

Examine the impact of changing technology on political communication, campaigns, and election administration.

Recent elections in the United States and around the world have forced some serious rethinking of the effect of the Internet and social media on democracy.

Can Democracy Survive the Internet?

1) What unique challenges does the Internet pose for democracy?

2) Who might address those challenges?

3) What types of reform should we expect in the near future?

The Project on Democracy and the Internet seeks to promote research, convenings, and courses that engage with the new challenges technologies pose to democracy in the digital age. The objectives are to:

  • Develop new, authoritative knowledge about how the internet is affecting democracy.
  • Establish a needed new field of study around the internet that brings together technologists and social scientists.
  • Convene key stakeholders to respond to the challenges the internet is posing to the basic mechanisms of democracy.

Read an article from Josh Tucker in the Journal of Democracy, “From Liberation to Turmoil: Social Media and Democracy.”


  • 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm - Reception
  • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Panel Discussion


  • Rob Reich - Professor of Political Science at Stanford, faculty codirector for Stanford PACS, and faculty director of the Digital Civil Society Lab, faculty director for Center in Ethics and Society
  • Nathaniel Persily - Professor of Law at Stanford and a project lead for the new Project on Democracy and the Internet
  • Jonathan Albright - Director of Research at Columbia University's Tow Center for Digital Journalism
  • Laura Rosenberger - Director of theAlliance for Securing Democracy; Senior Fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
  • Josh Tucker - Professor of Politics, Affiliated Professor of Data Science and Russian and Slavic Studies, Co-Director NYU Social Median and Political Participation (SMaPP) lab, Director, Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Politics

Registration Details

Photo ID is required at checkin; the name on the ID must match the name on the registration.


Hosted by: The Siegel Family Endowment