Political polarization in the US is fueling heated debates and widespread outrage around censorship – whether that's in the form of deplatforming or book bans. But who is being most deeply impacted by such restrictions? And what can brands do to navigate tensions around free speech and self-expression?
Jason Steinhauer operates at the intersection of history, tech, social media, and politics. Technology has profoundly re-organised our ways of knowing things about the world, and the positive and negative effects of technology must be balanced with a humanistic perspective. Steinhauer brings this approach to his work, where he writes and speaks about how social media, tech and the web are shaping our history, politics, and future. He is a public historian and the author of History, Disrupted: How Social Media and the World Wide Web Have Changed the Past. He is currently a global fellow at the Wilson Center.
Sarah Aoun is a hacker and activist based in New York City who works on privacy and security with human rights defenders, activists, and journalists. She was also the vice president of security at the Open Technology Fund, an organisation that invests in alternative and experimental technology solutions to respond to internet freedom issues such as censorship and surveillance.
Alex King is a journalist and former staff writer at Huck, a youth culture magazine and website in London. Now based in Athens, he writes about creative subcultures, human rights and activism around the world.
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