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The Center for Informed Democracy and Social-cybersecurity is pleased to announce our panel discussions and speaker lineup for the 2021 IDeaS Conference, taking place virtually July 12-13, 2021.  

Additional speakers may be added. See speaker bios and registration information at our updated conference website:


Panel #1 -Platform Accountability
Monday, July 12 11-12:45pm EDT

Moderator: Dr. David Danks - Louis Leon (L. L.) Thurstone Professor of Philosophy & Psychology. Head, Department of Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University


Alexander Hart -Vice President at Freedman Consulting
Chris Riley- Senior Fellow of Internet Governance, R Street


Panel #2 - Disinformation
Monday, July 12 2:45-4:15 EDT

Moderator: Dr. Mark S. Kamlet - Interim Director of the Institute for Politics and Strategy, the University Professor of Economics and Public Policy, and Provost Emeritus at Carnegie Mellon


Dr. Kathleen M. Carley - Professor, Institute for Software Research Director, Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS),and Director, Center for Informed DEmocracy and Social cybersecurity (IDeaS) at Carnegie Mellon University
Nathaniel Gleicher -Head of Cybersecurity Policy, Facebook
Dr. Kate Starbird -Associate Professor, Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE), University of Washington

Panel #3-Extremism Online
Tuesday, July 13 11:00-12:45

Moderator: Dr. John Slattery - Directing Fellow, Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law at Duquesne University


Lucy Calladine -Government Affairs and Public Policy Manager, Google
Major Jessica Dawson - Assistant Professor Director of Excel Scholars Program, West Point
Todd Helmus - Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND


Panel #4- Hate Speech
Tuesday, July 13 1:00-2:45

Moderator: Dr. Kathleen Blee - Bettye J. and Ralph E. Bailey Dean, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, University of Pittsburgh University of Pittsburgh


Jenny Li - Program Manager, Microsoft
Emma Llansó - Director, Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy and Technology 
Zareek Waseem - PhD Candidate, University of Sheffield

Jennifer Britton
Manager, Center for IDeaS
ISR- Institute for Software Research
Carnegie Mellon University

Registration for IDeaS Summer Seminar is open! Learn more about the field of Social Cyber-security from CMU professors and PhD Students.

Registration for the 2021 IDeaS Conference is Now Open!

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