Past Event

Data and Democracy

October 15, 2020 - October 16, 2020
11:45 AM - 4:00 PM
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Event Description:

Today, governments and private actors can collect, store, and continuously update vast troves of data. Yet we have barely begun to understand the impact on our democracy of large-scale data collection and the use of such data sets to make decisions that can dramatically impact individual lives and entire communities.

The Data and Democracy Symposium will investigate how technological advances relating to the collection, analysis, and manipulation of data are affecting democratic processes, and it will ask how the law must adapt to ensure the conditions for self-government. The symposium will focus on three areas that are both central to democratic governance and directly affected by advancing technologies and ever-increasing data collection:

  1. Public opinion formation and access to information
  2. The formation and exercise of public power
  3. The political economy of data

Event Speakers

For full speaker list and session abstracts, please visit the event webpage

Event Information

Free and open to the public; registration required. Please visit the event webpage for additional information. 

Hosted by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and co-sponsored by Law and Political Economy Project at Yale Law School.