Live Zoom webinar panel session (see conference website for Zoom link)
Technology, in the forms of the internet and social media, have bridged great divides among individuals, businesses and communities by removing geographical barriers and creating new avenues to connect with one another. However, innovation and accessibility have come at a price by creating intentional and unintentional divides. As 60% of the world’s population has an online presence, per a Digital 2020 report, cybercrime and security gaps dominate the ability of individuals to protect themselves. Selection algorithms have created echo chambers within social and other media platforms that determine what is seen, heard and read. How does such technology erode the rights of privacy and freedom of speech? To what extent are echo chambers increasing social and political polarization? How is confirmation bias affecting one’s ability to think critically and problem solve through rational dialogue? As ethical citizens, are individuals responsible for protecting themselves from selective information? Who else bears this responsibility?