Reimaging the Future of Digital Public Spaces

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In this photo illustration a man looks at his Twitter account that is displayed on a smartphone screen on May 08, 2021 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Imagse)

For better or worse, Twitter is a crucial part of our public sphere now. That’s one reason that Elon Musk may end up buying the social media platform. The move is prompting experts and scholars to reconsider the future of digital communities. Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Reddit have been criticized for overt censorship and for algorithms and guidelines that encourage the spread of misinformation. People in both camps have been asking: who should own and run these platforms and what should an online public sphere look like? We’ll talk about the future of digital communities in the social media landscape and we’ll want to hear from you. What do you want in an online commons?


Ethan Zuckerman, fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.

April Reign, creator, Oscars So White

Darrell Owens, policy and data analyst for California YIMBY, co-executive of the housing nonprofit East Bay for Everyone, and commissioner on the Berkeley Housing Advisory Commission

Dexter Thomas, scholar, journalist and documentary filmmaker, Vice News Tonight

Sarita Schoenebeck, associate professor, School of Information at the University of Michigan