Has Social Media Changed Democracy?

Tue., November 14, 2017 | 12:00 PM — 1:15 PM

Harris Public Policy
Lecture Hall 142
1155 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

Sponsored By: The Project on Political Reform at Harris Public Policy

Social media has expanded the public square. More voices are being heard. But our democratic institutions are being severely tested … by fake news, echo chambers, hyper-partisanship, hate-speech, privacy breeches, laser-like message targeting, and even Russian meddling. This is not your grandfather’s public square. Has social media changed democracy and elections forever? And for better or for worse? Our panel of liberal and conservative political social media professionals will explore these issues.

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This event is sponsored by the Project on Political Reform at Harris Public Policy and supported by a grant from Democracy Fund.

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Panelists include:

  • Thomas KeeleyCo-Founder, Connectivist Media
  • Joe MansourPartner and Digital Team Leader, FP1 Strategies
  • Ned RyunFounder and CEO, American Majority
  • Roy TempleCo-Founder and Partner, GPS Impact
  • Alexandra Woodward, Digital Organizing Director, Organizing for Action (OFA) 


  • Karen Tumulty, National Political Correspondent, The Washington Post

Questions? Please contact [email protected].


This event is hosted by: The Project on Political Reform

The Project on Political Reform investigates the sources of government dysfunction and identifies pragmatic solutions. It addresses topics such as legislative decision-making, lobbying, political accountability, campaign laws and practices, structural incentives influencing candidate and office-holder behavior, and the relationships between governing institutions.