Tech Wars: How Social Media Undermines Democracy

Wed. March 20, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

UVa Garrett Hall

235 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, Va.

Hosted by: UVA Center for Politics and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at UVA


Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Cyberwar) and Siva Vaidhyanathan (Antisocial Media) discuss ways in which social media challenges contemporary democracy by undermining responsible journalism and supporting innumerable tools for false messages and interference in U.S. elections, among other tactics. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“In her breakthrough new book Cyberwar, Kathleen Hall Jamieson applies her legendary skills to a forensic examination of the Russian hackers, trolls and bots who reshaped American public opinion through social media platforms, using data analytics to achieve maximum impact. Her masterful study provides a compelling answer to the question of whether Russia likely helped elect an American President.”—Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent

“[Cyberwar is a] meticulous analysis of online activity during the 2016 campaign makes a powerful case that targeted cyberattacks by hackers and trolls were decisive.” —Jane Mayer, The New Yorker

“[Antisocial Media is] an excellent critique of the social media giant underlines the threat it poses to us all—and suggests how it can be tamed.”—The Guardian

“Siva Vaidhyanathan gives a full and rigorous accounting of Facebook’s sins… [his] criticism is sharp but even-handed.”—The Washington Post