VIRTUAL EVENT – The View from Congress: Fighting Online Extremism and Promoting Digital Democracy
Over the last Congress, evidence of the rise in online extremist activity—beginning with the January 6 attack on the Capitol through the revelations from the Facebook whistleblower up to more recent activity—has clarified the need for action. The current whack-a-mole approach to platform governance has hit a dead end.
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.) is the lead author of the Protecting Americans from Dangerous Algorithms Act, designed to address algorithmic amplification of harmful content that leads to offline violence. He also authored and passed the bipartisan congressional resolution to condemn QAnon and the dangerous conspiracy theories it promotes.
Join Rep. Malinowski and Amb. Karen Kornbluh (Ret.)—director of the German Marshall Fund's Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative—in a moderated conversation as we discuss issues of technology and extremism; U.S. competitiveness and the new era of American industrial policy; and how the United States can defend democracy at home and abroad.
Rep. Tom Malinowski
Rep. Tom Malinowski was born in Communist Poland during the height of the Cold War. When he was six, he and his mother fled to the United States, and grew up in Central Jersey. Malinowski served as a Senior Director on President Clinton’s National Security Council where he worked to end conflicts around the globe. He then served as the chief advocate for Human Rights Watch, where he led the bipartisan campaign to end the use of torture by the Bush Administration. Later he served the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor where he helped lead America’s fight for human rights around the world.
Amb. Karen Kornbluh (Ret.)
Ambassador Karen Kornbluh has helped shape public policy since the early days of the commercial Internet as a public servant and diplomat. The New York Times called her a passionate and effective advocate for economic equality, and she was named one of Washingtonian magazine’s top influencers. Today, she continues that work as leader of the Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, to ensure technology supports democracies around the globe.
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