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The first segment features an interview with Chris Bail, a researcher who runs the Polarization Lab at Duke University. This week, Chris’s new book will hit book shelves. It’s called Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make Our Platforms Less Polarizing.
The second is a conversation with Vivian Chang, a civic engagement manager for the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA), about steps her organization is taking to confront disinformation and harassment in the communities it works with, including working with the Disinfo Defense League, a coalition that trains civic groups to tackle the growing problem of misinformation and disinformation.
The last interview in this episode is with Kieran Leavitt, an Edmonton-based political reporter for the Toronto Star. Kieran has been covering Facebook’s relationship to the Canadian government. Last week, Facebook executives testified in Parliament, and we got to catch up with Kieran about what happened.
Justin Hendrix is CEO and Editor of Tech Policy Press, a new nonprofit media venture concerned with the intersection of technology and democracy. Previously, he was Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. He spent over a decade at The Economist in roles including Vice President, Business Development & Innovation. He is an associate research scientist and adjunct professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Opinions expressed here are his own.