The Future of Information – Part B

The Future of Information – Part B
June 19, 2018 paperlesslion

Hear social media expert danah boyd discuss how the digital information landscape affects our community and democracy, part of the Future of Information Series from the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The program is available via

Details from DPTV:

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation hosted the second in a quarterly series of conversations looking at the Future of Information, which took place on Wednesday, June 20.

Noted technology and society expert danah boyd led the session at Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.

Detroit Public Television live-streamed the event at

danah boyd is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, the founder and president of Data & Society and a Visiting Professor at New York University. Her research is focused on addressing social and cultural inequities by understanding the relationship between technology and society.

Her most recent books – “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens” and “Participatory Culture in a Networked Age” – examine how our personal and professional lives are shaped by our experiences with emerging media.

boyd is a 2011 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Director of both Crisis Text Line and Social Science Research Council and a Trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brown University, a master’s degree from the MIT Media Lab and a PhD in Information from the University of California, Berkeley.

Following boyd’s talk, a panel of local experts will react to her ideas and discuss how they might impact media, technology and democracy in Detroit.  Moderating the conversation will be WDIV’s Devin Scillian, along with the other two panelists, Garlin Gilchrist III of the University of Michigan Center for Social Media Responsibility and Peter Bhatia, editor of the Detroit Free Press.

Organizations that are interested in hosting the live-stream on their own website can use the following embed code:

The next speaker in the series is Dr. Rumman Chowdhury, senior principal and head of artificial intelligence for Accenture, who will speak on September 26.

Support for this series is part of Knight Foundation’s efforts in Detroit to promote democratic engagement and community information. Since 2008, Knight has pledged more than $100 million to Detroit.

For more information on the series, please visit