Gallup – The Future of Our Digital Public Square




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Graphic for a Gallup event, entitled "The Future of Our Digital Public Square." Wednesday, June 8, 2022. 4-5:30 PM ET. Gallup World Headquarters, 901 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20004.

The Future of Our Digital Public Square

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Where: Gallup World Headquarters, 901 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

When it comes to online speech, how should society weigh the harms associated with disinformation and other hurtful content with the risks and potential chilling effects of government intervention? In a recent study, Gallup and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation examined a segment of the electorate whose attitudes are less heard in today’s partisan debates, but that may offer a glimpse into our digital future: young Americans.

A generation of Americans have now grown up with the internet and social media as natural extensions of their social and political lives. They have come of age in an era of declining institutions, shifting norms, and political uncertainty. And when it comes to tech regulation, their views are also less likely to hew to conventional partisan boundaries.

What cues could policymakers, regulators, and industry leaders take from the attitudes of younger generations of Americans? What do their attitudes portend for the coming decades of tech regulation? Join Gallup, Knight Foundation, and policy experts for a forward-looking conversation about the future of our digital public square.


  • Alexandra Givens, President & CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology
  • Ambassador Karen Kornbluh, Director, Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative, German Marshall Fund of the U.S.
  • John Samples, Vice President, Cato Institute, Facebook Oversight Board Member
  • Cristiano Lima, Tech Newsletter Reporter, The Washington Post
  • John Sands, Senior Director, Media and Democracy, Knight Foundation
  • Sarah Fioroni, Research Consultant, Gallup