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Data and Democracy: Responding to the Cambridge Analytica Facebook Data Scandal

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Panelists Sam Lester and David Karpf will discuss the social and political ramifications of the Cambridge Analytica / Facebook data scandal, recent attempts to regulate social media data collection, and social policy options for regulating data and privacy. Join us for brief presentations followed by discussion.

David Karpf is an Associate Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University and Director of the Media and Strategic Communication M.A. Program. His work focuses on strategic communication practices of political associations in America, with a particular interest in Internet-related strategies. Dr. Karpf is the award-winning author of The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy (2012, Oxford University Press) and Analytic Activism: Digital Listening and the New Political Strategy (2016, Oxford University Press). Both books discuss how digital media is transforming the work of political advocacy and activist organizations.

Sam Lester is Consumer Privacy Counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). He is the 2017-2018 law fellow for EPIC's Consumer Privacy Project and a 2017 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown, Sam worked on consumer protection and privacy issues as a law clerk with the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, and as a legal intern with the Consumer Frauds Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General. In addition, he interned for the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson of the District Court for the District of Columbia, and clerked for Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC, a Washington D.C.-based plaintiffs' firm, where he worked on consumer class actions and civil rights cases.

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Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Event Location: 
Gelman Library, Room NCLC (1st floor at the elevators)
Event Type: 
Public
Event Format: 
Panel Discussion
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