January 23, 2022

Social Media at a Crossroads: A Special Report from the Social Media Summit @ MIT

From the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy:

On April 22, 2021, the IDE hosted The Social Media Summit @ MIT (#SMSMIT), which attracted more than 20,000 virtual attendees to learn about the most-pressing topics of the day. The event brought together business, policy, and academic experts to discuss social media trends and to offer actionable solutions that—as moderator Sinan Aral pointed out—can help “steer us toward the promise of digital technologies and away from the perils.”

This special report offers a six-point roadmap for platform reform–from rescuing truth, to restoring free speech; ensuring transparency to humanizing design. “need all of these oars rowing in the same direction at once for substantive change to occur,” said Aral.

Social Media at a Crossroads Report

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.