Disruptive Power: The Crisis of the State in the Digital Age
On Tuesday, March 24, at 6:30 pm, the Tow Center will host a panel discussion about Taylor Owen's new book, Disruptive Power: The Crisis of the State in the Digital Age from Oxford University Press. Owen will moderate discussion with Eben Moglen, Professor at Columbia Law School and founder of the Software Freedom Law Center, Elmira Bayrasli, entrepreneur and author of the forthcoming book, From The Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places, and Carne Ross, Executive Director of Independent Diplomat, the non-profit diplomatic advisory group, and author.
On Friday, March 27th, Nicholas Diakopoulos and the Tow Center will host a group of academics and practitioners for a day-long workshop on best practice and standards of Algorithmic Transparency in the media. As data and algorithms become deeply embedded in the ways news information is gathered, curated, mined, presented, and optimized, it is increasingly important for news organizations to grapple with how to be forthright and transparent with their users. This event is invitation-only.
On Tuesday, April 28th, at 6:30 pm, Susan Crawford will present a white paper of her research findings from the Tow Responsive Cities Initiative, and will lead a panel discussion with Jim Baller, President, Baller Herbst Law Group, Co-Founder and President of Coalition for Local Internet Choice; Brett Goldtein, Fellow in Urban Science, University of Chicago, Board Member of CFA; Lev Gonick, Chief Executive, One Community; Elin Katz, Office of Consumer Council, State of Connecticut, and Oliver Wise, Director, Office of Performance and Accountability, City of New Orleans.
Messaging Apps: The New Face of Social Media and What it Means for Journalism
On March 12th, at 5:00 pm, Eytan Oren gave a presentation at a Tow Tea on messaging applications and their implications for journalism. He discussed case studies from the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Vice, and BuzzFeed.
"As I said at the opening of the panel, at the Tow Center we are interested in technologies that don't just augment the practice of journalism, but that fundamentally change what journalism is, and how it is practiced. Virtual Reality is one of those technologies."