Social Media and the Crisis in Social Discourse

March 28, 2018 - 7:30pm
Social Media and the Crisis in Social Discourse Panel Discussion

An evening with journalists, academics, and experts on the intersection of technology, communication, and society.

Alumni Hall, 7th Floor Auditorium
4227 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260





Event is FREE and OPEN to the public.

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Meet the Panelists:

Brian A. Primack is Dean of the Honors College, Director of the Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health, and Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds the Bernice L. and Morton S. Lerner endowed chair. Dr. Primack is a pioneer in the study of both positive and negative effects of media messages and technology on health. In 2014, he was a featured speaker at the national TEDMED conference on this topic. His studies on media, technology, and health have been published in a wide variety of leading journals such as JAMA Psychiatry, JAMA Pediatrics, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Adolescent Health, Addiction, Tobacco Control, Journal of Emergency Medicine, and Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Indira A.R. Lakshmanan is the Newmark Chair for Journalism Ethics at the Poynter Institute and a foreign policy columnist for The Boston Globe. She has covered presidential campaigns and interviewed leaders in the U.S. and around the world, reporting from 80 countries on six continents. She is a graduate of Taylor Allderdice High school and Harvard University.

Walter S. Mossberg is widely credited with pioneering the modern, consumer-focused, technology review and commentary. From 1991 through 2013, he was the principal technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He also co-founded AllThingsD, Recode and the D and Code Conferences. From 2015 to 2017, Mossberg was Executive Editor of The Verge and Editor-at-Large of Recode, web sites owned by Vox Media. Mossberg wrote a weekly column for both and also had a weekly podcast, Ctrl-Walt-Delete. Mossberg was also co-executive producer of the annual Code Conference.

David J. Hickton is the founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security. He served for many years as United States Attorney for the Western District of Co-Chaired the National Heroin Task Force. He brought the first of its kind indictment against five members of the Chinese military for economic espionage against Pittsburgh-based companies and organizations. He also created a dedicated section in the U.S. Attorney’s Office to focus on cybercrime and national security and prosecuted ground-breaking cases such as Darkode, the largest English-speaking cybercrime forum, and Evgeniy Bogachev, creator of GameOver Zeus and Cryptolocker malware, among others.



Location and Address

Alumni Hall, 7th Floor Auditorium 4227 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15260