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Digital Platforms and American Life: A Conference on Technology and Government

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AEI, Auditorium
1789 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

The ever-growing importance of internet platforms and Big Tech companies in civic life present difficult questions: How should we govern digital spaces? How does regulation affect innovation and vice versa? How do we do more to provide underserved communities access to digital tools? In almost every realm of our lives, technology is forcing us to confront problems that are both timeless and unique to our era.

With the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, AEI’s Digital Platforms and American Life Project invited experts to discuss and write about these important issues. Please join AEI for a series of panels on how the experts’ findings can help us think more clearly about the future of our digital century.

Submit questions to Sophie.Rizzieri@aei.org or on Twitter with #AEIDigitalPlatforms.

If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. After the event concludes, a full video will be posted within 24 hours.

Agenda

1:00 p.m.
Introduction:
Adam J. White, Senior Fellow, AEI

1:05 p.m.
Panel I: The Future of Content Moderation on Digital Platforms

Panelists:
Christine Rosen, Senior Fellow, AEI
John Samples, Vice President, Cato Institute
Bret Swanson, Nonresident Senior Fellow, AEI

Moderator:
Yuval Levin, Director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies, AEI

2:05 p.m.
Q&A

2:20 p.m.
Break

2:30 p.m.
Panel II: The Challenge of Regulating in an Era of Transformative Innovation

Panelists:
Johannes M. Bauer, Quello Chair in Media and Information Policy, Michigan State University
Zach Graves, Executive Director, Lincoln Network
Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center

Moderator:
Adam J. White, Senior Fellow, AEI

3:30 p.m.
Q&A

3:45 p.m.
Break

3:55 p.m.
Panel III: Digital Haves and Have-Nots: A Federal Role for Expanding Access?

Panelists:
John P. Bailey, Nonresident Senior Fellow, AEI
Daniel Lyons, Nonresident Senior Fellow, AEI

Moderator:
Brent Orrell, Senior Fellow, AEI

4:45 p.m.
Q&A

5:00 p.m.
Adjournment