Society and the Digital World


Navigating privacy, ethics, and engagement

In an increasingly digitized world, we are faced with unprecedented challenges—and opportunities—to communicate and engage in the social environment. From fake news and Facebook to pushing social movements and reaching voters, the digital sphere is both an ethical minefield and a valuable public forum. Join Chancellor Carol T. Christ and distinguished faculty and friends as we learn more about the complexities of connecting online. This exclusive event features Edward Wasserman, dean of the School of Journalism; Lisa Garcia Bedolla ’92, professor of education and director of the Institute of Governmental Studies; and Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, university librarian and professor in the School of Information. Moderated by Eugene Martinez ’97, managing partner, Gartner Consulting.


Carol T. Christ

Carol Tecla Christ began her term as the 11th chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley on July 1, 2017. A celebrated scholar of Victorian literature, Christ is also well known as an advocate for quality, accessible public higher education, a proponent of the value of a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences, and a champion of women’s issues and diversity on college campuses.

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Edward Wasserman

Edward Wasserman is professor of journalism and dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

Before coming to Berkeley in January 2013 he was for 10 years the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation professor of journalism ethics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. He writes and speaks widely on matters related to media rights and wrongs, technological change, and media ownership and control. His academic specialties include plagiarism, source relations, confidentiality and conflict of interest.

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Jeffrey MacKie-Mason

Jeffrey K. MacKie-Mason is the University Librarian and Chief Digital Scholarship Officer, University of California, Berkeley, and a professor in the UC Berkeley School of Information and the Department of Economics.

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Lisa García Bedolla ’92

Lisa García Bedolla is a professor in the Graduate School of Education and director of the Institute of Governmental Studies. She uses the tools of social science to reveal the causes of political and economic inequalities in the United States, considering differences across the lines of ethnorace, gender, class, geography, sexuality, et cetera. She believes an intersectional approach is critical to recognizing the complexity of the contemporary United States.

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