Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis will host her first Presidential Lecture of 2023, a conversation with Frances Haugen, this Wednesday, January 25, at 4 pm in the Staller Center for the Arts Recital Hall.
Haugen will discuss 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 questions submitted by the university community, 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, and seating is limited. Please register online to attend the event.
The lecture will also be livestreamed at stonybrook.edu/live.