By Samantha Lai

Social media has develop into a scorching subject over current months, because the failure of corporations to deal with algorithmic discrimination, the unfold of misinformation and the exploitation of kids have translated to antagonistic societal harms. Nonetheless, when contemplating the right way to regulate and resolve present issues, it’s attention-grabbing to look at how teenagers, probably the most tech-savvy inhabitants of all, have been navigating the web. Which social media platforms do Gen-Zers want, and the way do they navigate platform algorithms? How have on-line influencers performed an element preventing again in opposition to vaccine misinformation and different societal injustices? What’s the influencer trade, and in what methods are younger influencers susceptible to burnout and exploitation by social media corporations and expertise businesses?

To reply these questions, Samantha Lai might be joined by Taylor Lorenz, expertise reporter for the New York Occasions and affiliate on the Harvard’s Berkman Klein Middle for Web & Society, to debate how younger individuals use the web and why it issues.

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TechTank is a biweekly podcast from The Brookings Establishment exploring probably the most consequential expertise problems with our time. From synthetic intelligence and racial bias in algorithms, to Massive Tech, the way forward for work, and the digital divide, TechTank takes summary concepts and makes them accessible. Moderators Dr. Nicol Turner Lee and Darrell West communicate with main expertise specialists and policymakers to share new knowledge, concepts, and coverage options to handle the challenges of our new digital world.


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