Future of Tech Commission Town Hall: A Public Discussion on Creating Safe, Healthy Online Spaces for All Americans

May 18, 2021
12:00pm ET

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has reminded American families of the enormous possibilities and advantages of technology today and in the future. Please join us for this public town hall, led by the Future of Tech Commission, to generate input and feedback on the most urgent tech policy issues facing our economy and democracy.

The Future of Tech Commission is a private, independent and bipartisan working group developed in response to discussions with the White House and the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to recommend a comprehensive tech policy agenda for the nation. The ideas and feedback generated from this event and diverse communities and groups across the country will be used to craft key tech policy measures, and set the stage to implement a robust tech agenda with bipartisan support.

In this virtual town hall sponsored by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG), and co-sponsored by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and the Institute of Politics, we’ll be discussing how to protect the safety and health of Americans on online platforms, and how to foster a trustworthy and authentic public square of information that protects the health and safety of our families and kids. Hosted by John Haigh, M-RCBG Co-Director, the event will feature robust opportunities for audience engagement and comment, following brief remarks from:

  • Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Future of Tech Co-commissioner
  • Governor Charlie Baker (R-MA)
  • Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA)
  • Jonathan Zittrain, American Professor of Internet Law, Harvard Law School and Co-Founder, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
  • Joan Donovan, Research Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy and Leader of the Technology and Social Change Project
  • Deb Roy, Executive Director MIT Media Labs: Co-founder and Chair of Cortico
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