Tech & Democracy Workshop -- User Safety vs. Freedom of Expression: Can social media platforms have both?


Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 4:00pm to 6:30pm


Rubenstein 304, Harvard Kennedy School

Join Ash Center Technology and Democracy Fellows to develop your digital toolkit. This is a hands-on workshop; participants are expected to arrive ready to learn and practice a new skill.

In this session, participants will step into the shoes of a team member at a social media giant to learn the challenges that Trust and Safety, Legal, and Engineering teams face in balancing users’ safety with their right to freedom of expression. In becoming a Trust and Safety agent, participants will be tasked with examining social media content, determining what content violates the platform’s Community Guidelines and recommending how the content should be treated.

The group will explore additional actions the social media industry might take outside of AI and human moderation to better support public discourse on and offline. This session for anyone interested in learning the inside workings of social media platforms and understanding how decisions are made. Refreshments will be served. 

Led by: Victoria McCullough, Technology and Democracy Fellow, Social Impact and Public Policy team at Tumblr, former Obama Administration in the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Department of Homeland Security Office of Congressional Affairs.

Please register to attend.

The Ash Center's Technology and Democracy Workshop Series are hands-on, co-curricular events designed to help HKS students develop real-world technology skills. Led by a network of technology practitioners, participants spend time working together and with the workshop leader to learn how to apply technical skills to impact real-world scenarios.