Social Media: We are the Product

Social networking has become one of the most prevalent facets of our society. While benefiting our world by constructing a network of seemingly endless connectivity, it has also caused immense consequences to society as a whole. From the discussion of user manipulation, personal security and privacy, fake news and conspiracy, to human products, social media is reprogramming the way our world functions. Tech conglomerates such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter are at the forefront of the new age of exploitation, playing a pivotal role in potential human detriment. So, we must keep the conversation going. If we are the product, what does this mean for civilization? What does the future of social media entail? What are the consequences?

Speakers


David Carroll

David Carroll

David Carroll is currently an associate professor of media design at Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York City and formerly the Director of the MFA Design and Technology graduate program. His teaching and research delves into the realms of technology and all things digital media, giving a critical outlook on shifts in digital advertising, adtech, data rights, privacy, surveillance, social media, and more. Carroll also founded the Center for Mobile Creativity, assisting research grants for various other foundations. Carroll was featured in the 2019 Netflix documentary, The Great Hack, which detailed his data quest which received international attention; to legally challenge Cambridge Analytica to recover his own personal data. Cambridge Analytica, a UK based consulting company, was able to influence the 2016 US Presidential Election by harvesting data from millions of American voters for political advertising. Carroll’s goal was to prove that one could reclaim their data profile by filing a lawsuit against the company based on the UK Data Protection Act of 1998

Producers of the Social Dilemma Film

Producers of the Social Dilemma Film

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