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In recent months the multi-front battle between social media platforms, its users and
authorities who would regulate them has accelerated even further. What role does or should
government play in keeping platforms honest and their users safe? And what tools can help
citizens be more engaged?
In times of unrest – from protests to pandemics -- technology can play a crucial role in
disseminating information. It is also being used to help track and contain the virus. But there’s
no question that privacy can also be compromised, and that autocratic forces are continuing
to harness restrictive measures and social media in the service of their own nefarious goals.
As we look to the future, how can technology help find a way out of the quagmire?
It has been 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall seemed to put an end to history, liberating
humankind to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Turned out it doesn’t work that
way, and a new breed of strongmen have thrown up new walls built on nationalism,
intolerance, fear and nostalgia for the illusion of a simpler past. Authoritarian impulses have in
turn wrought concerns like mass migration, climate change and economic inequality, and
starkly contrasting reactions to the current crises. What is the antidote?
Experts and students discuss the main points raised during the day’s sessions on business, migration, and climate change, and propose ideas for policy recommendations. Many of the points raised focused on the effect of COVID-19 exposing and exacerbating the existing problems concerning human rights.
Serge Schmemann of the NYT Editorial Board and David Sanger, National Security Correspondent for the NYT, discuss the heated 2020 Presidential Debate between President Donald Trump and Candidate Joe Biden, as well as concerns regarding voting intimidation, election disinformation, signalling to Russia, and more.
When the world came grinding to a halt this year, climate change – and its causes – were brought into even starker relief. The panel will discuss the importance of climate change as a global event with a global impact. What lessons has the pandemic taught us about what progress might be possible? And what are the implications for human rights?
Wars, economic dislocation and climate change have pushed people from their homelands,
shifting migration patterns along the way. What has the impact been on social cohesion and
human rights, especially for children and youth? How does (or could) education come into play?
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