Study Group: Reimagining Civic Discourse on Social Media


Thursday, February 7, 2019, 4:15pm to 6:15pm


1 Brattle, Suite 470, Cambridge, MA

Students and fellows at Harvard and surrounding universities are invited to apply for a spring semester study group with Ash Center Fellow Deepti Doshi, Director of Community Partnerships at Facebook, MC/MPA '12; and Mo Safdari, former Program Manager for Election Integrity at Facebook, MBA/MPP. 

Building constructive civic discourse on social media is an urgent challenge. This study group will take you behind the scenes to understand the issues social media faces today. Over the course of four sessions, this group will work through an election integrity scenario, explore polarization, engage democratic theory on long-term strategies for discourse, and conclude with how we can each mobilize to improve discourse across social media.

The group will meet from 4:15-6:15 on 2/7/19, 3/7/19, 4/4/19, and 5/3/19 in Suite 470 at 1 Brattle. 

To apply, please email your resume and responses to the following questions by EOD 1/29/19 to

  1. What is your greatest concern with the rise of social media regarding its impact on civic discourse?
  2. How can the Internet be leveraged to improve civic discourse?
  3. What are your professional aspirations upon graduation?
  4. If accepted, will you commit to attend this study group on all four dates listed?
  5. If accepted, will you sign a Facebook NDA in order to discuss internal Facebook context?

This group is co-sponsored by digital HKS and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.