X4D: Privacy and Participation on Social Media





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Screen Shot of X4D event on April 20, 2021, entitled "Privacy and Participation on Social Media."

X4D: Privacy and Participation on Social Media

Session Description: Private messaging and social media apps are very popular around the world. As such, they have attracted attention from authoritarian and democratic governments alike through efforts to both protect and infringe upon people’s rights.

This panel will feature an inter-disciplinary set of researchers that will examine how social media and messaging apps are being used to promote civic participation, polarization and misinformation, surveillance, and to protect user privacy and enhance security. We will also assess potential next steps for research and what can be done in terms of policy.

Date: April 20, 2021
2:00pm ET / 6:00pm UTC / 11:30pm IST

Moderated by CDT’s Dhanaraj Thakur. No registration is required. The connection details are on the X4D’s event page.


  • Mallory Knodel, Center for Democracy & Technology, USA
  • Joyojeet Pal, Microsoft Research, India
  • Maggie Jack, Syracuse University and University of California, Irvine, USA
  • Kiran Garimella, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA