The technology entrepreneur’s address kicks off a new GU Politics series – Democracy in the Digital Age – of upcoming public conversations with leaders across the spectrum of politics, government, technology and media.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be on campus Oct. 17 for “A Conversation On Free Expression,” sponsored by Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy and its Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics).
The event will take place next Thursday from 1-2 p.m. in Georgetown’s historic Gaston Hall.
Following his address, Zuckerberg will participate in a Q&A session with the university community, moderated by Mo Elleithee, GU Politics founding executive director.
“Georgetown seeks to be a vibrant forum for discourse on the pressing issues facing society, seeking to welcome all perspectives, to the end of building a better world,” Provost Robert M. Groves says. “We welcome Mr. Zuckerberg to contribute to this mission.”
Democracy in the Digital Age
Zuckerberg’s address will kick off a new GU Politics initiative – Democracy in the Digital Age – a series of upcoming public conversations with leaders across the spectrum of politics, government, technology and media on the challenges and opportunities for democracy in the digital era.
“The past decade has provided countless examples of both the promise and peril of practicing politics in the digital age,” Elleithee notes. “From innovations in public policy and campaigning, through the use of big data, to questions about privacy and security and the role of artificial intelligence in social media and spreading misinformation, the result has been conclusive – a collapse of public trust in modern technology and politics. We’re excited to launch this series of important conversations with this event.”
The McCourt School of Public Policy is a top-ranked public policy school located in the center of the policy world in Washington, DC. Its mission is to teach students to design, analyze and implement smart policies and put them into practice in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, in the U.S. and around the world.
The Institute of Politics and Public Service connects and empowers students and the community in an effort to improve and reimagine politics and public service and reaffirm its promise.
Founded as part of Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy in the fall of 2015, GU Politics programming is open to the entire university community.