Breaking the News: Free Speech & Democracy in the Age of Platform Monopoly
June 12, 2018 | Washington, DC
Please join us on Tuesday, June 12, for “Breaking the News: Free Speech and Democracy in the Age of Platform Monopoly,” an all-day conference hosted by the Open Markets Institute and the Tow Center at the Columbia University School of Journalism. Our speakers will explore how the power and business models of large online and telecom intermediaries affect the ability of reporters and editors to gather and distribute news in the 21st century.
The guiding question for the day will be: How do we ensure that America’s journalists are fully independent, and that they are robustly supported to report the news, both nationally and locally, that is so vital to sustaining our democracy?
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee
Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Makan Delrahim, Department of Justice
Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law
Mark Thompson, CEO, The New York Times
Robert Thomson, CEO, News Corporation
Julia Angwin, author of Dragnet Nation and former Senior Reporter at ProPublica
Emily Bell, Professor of Professional Practice & Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University
Esha Bhandari, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
Christian D’Cunha, Head of Private Office of Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor
Terrance Egger, Publisher, Philadelphia Media Network
Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times and Global Economic Analyst at CNN
Sara Fischer, Media Reporter, AXIOS Media
Stephenetta Harmon, Editor-In-Chief, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Janet Hasson, Regional Vice President & Publisher, The Providence Journal/GateHouse LLC
Sally Hubbard, Senior Editor, The Capitol Forum
Richard John, Professor of History & Communications, Columbia Journalism School
Ryan Kelly, Pulitzer Prize Winner, former Photojournalist at The Daily Progress
Lina Khan, author of Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox and Director of Legal Policy at Open Markets Institute
Jason Kint, CEO, Digital Content Next and former SVP of CBS Sports Division
Barry Lynn, Executive Director, Open Markets Institute
Roger McNamee, Managing Director, Elevation Partners and Early Stage Investor in Google and Facebook
Marc Rotenberg, President & Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center
Ben Smith, Editor in Chief, Buzzfeed
Olivier Sylvain, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University and Director of the McGannon Center
Zephyr Teachout, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University and author of Corruption in America
Tom Wheeler, former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
Jason White, Director of News Partnerships, Facebook
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