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Presidential Lecture: A Conversation with Frances Haugen, January 25

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Frances haugen
Frances Haugen

Join Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis in her first Presidential Lecture of 2023 when she hosts a conversation with Frances Haugen on Wednesday, January 25, at 4 pm in the Staller Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

Haugen will talk about her experiences at Facebook handling democracy and misinformation issues and working on counterespionage initiatives, and will discuss how to best address the negative externalities of social media platforms.

An algorithmic expert and co-founder of Beyond the Screen, Haugen has built a career ranking algorithms for technology companies and platforms including Google, Pinterest and Yelp. In 2019, she joined Facebook as lead product manager on the company’s civic misinformation team. While there, she became increasingly alarmed by what she deemed as the company prioritizing profits over public safety. She filed a series of complaints with the U.S. federal government and has testified in front of the U.S. Congress, UK and EU parliaments, the French Senate and National Assembly.

Guided by your questions, Haugen will talk about her experiences and discuss how to best address the negative externalities of social media platforms.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please register online by January 16 to attend the event and submit questions for the lecture.

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