Ethics Roundtable

Karrie Karahalios, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ethan Zuckerman, MIT Center for Civic Media, and Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review

Ethan Zuckerman and Karrie Karahalios speak with MIT Technology Review's Gideon Lichfield to consider approaches to making social media a healthier place, from creating more user-friendly settings to setting up our own sites from scratch.

Karrie Karahalios, Professor of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Karahalios is a professor of Computer Science, a codirector of the Center for People and Infrastructures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a senior research scientist at Adobe Research. Her main area of research is Social Computing, the study of computing systems where people interact in networked spaces. More recently, her research has focused on computer mediated interaction where algorithms play a role in the mediation. Her work has resulted in a book and over 100 publications in top-tier conferences. Dr. Karahalios completed an SB in Electrical Engineering, an MEng in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and an SM and PhD in Media Arts and Sciences at MIT. She has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship, a Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society Fellowship, a Kavli Fellowship, the A. Richard Newton Breakthrough Research Award, an NSF Early Career Award, and an NCSA Fellowship, among others.

Ethan Zuckerman, Director, MIT Center for Civic Media

Ethan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT and associate professor of the practice at MIT’s Media Lab. With Rebecca MacKinnon, Ethan cofounded the international blogging community Global Voices, which showcases news and opinions from citizen media in over 150 nations and 30 languages. Ethan's research focuses on issues of internet freedom, civic engagement through digital tools, and international connections through media. He blogs at and lives in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.

Gideon Lichfield, Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review

Gideon Lichfield has been the editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review since December 2017. He spent 16 years at The Economist, first as a science and technology writer and then in postings to Mexico City, Moscow, Jerusalem, and New York City. In 2012 he left to become one of the founding editors of Quartz, a news outlet dedicated to covering the future of the global economy that is now widely recognized as one of the most innovative companies in digital media. Gideon has taught journalism at New York University and been a fellow at Data & Society, a research institute devoted to studying the social impacts of new technology. He grew up in the UK and studied physics and the philosophy of science.

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