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Podcast: Facebook and the Future of Democracy

April 19, 2018 by NCC Staff


On March 17th, The New York Times reported that Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, accessed the data of millions of Facebook users to assist political candidates including Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

The Facebook incident prompted congressional hearings for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and it has renewed interest in issues relating to social media and technology’s role in both private life and politics, and the effect being wrought on our constitutional democracy and constitutional rights.

Joining us to discuss these important constitutional questions are two leading scholars of elections law, First Amendment law, and technology law.

Nate Persily is James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, and recently served as research director for the U.S. Presidential Commission on Election Administration. He is the co-author of The Law and Democracy casebook, and has written on the Internet’s impact on U.S. democracy.

Kate Klonick is a Ph.D. in Law candidate and a Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale. She studies emerging conflicts in law and technology and is the author of the forthcoming article, “The New Governors: The People, Rules, and Processes Governing Online Speech.”


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