While moderation is important for what we call social media’s “acute harms,” societal-scale harms – such as negative effects on mental health and social trust – require new forms of institutional transparency and scientific investigation, which are members of a group classified within accountability infrastructure.
This in-person workshop, facilitated by ‘22-’23 Assembly Fellow Nathaniel Lubin and co-organized with Thomas Krendl Gilbert (AI and Society researcher, New York Academy of Sciences), will outline a public health framework for addressing societal-scale social media harms. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from leading experts in the tech and psychology fields, propose and operationalize specific problems, and discuss potential metrics for analysis. The convening will be designed to foster a growing community of practice around public approaches to mitigating harms caused by technology platforms.
See https://www.platformaccountability.com for background and context on the workshop.