There is immense power in the distribution and delivery of information, and social media has democratized that ability so that nearly everyone has access. The scale and reach of these systems can provide platforms for social change and the tools to mobilize movements across the globe. However, this flood of knowledge is also regularly misused for darker purposes to control and confuse. So, how do we decide what power our information holds? How do we access it, evaluate it properly, and then determine how to act? How can we reclaim our autonomy when we're drowning in information?
Sinead Bovell is a futurist and the founder WAYE, a tech education company that prepares youth for a future with advanced technologies.
To date, Sinead has educated over 200, 000 young entrepreneurs on the future of technology, and has spoken at world renowned institutions including the United Nations, Cornell University, and Bloomberg, on the intersection of business, technology and the future. Most recently, Sinead was appointed to the United Nations International Telecommunications Union to offer strategic guidance on global digital cooperation and bridging the digital divide. This year, Sinead will be teaming up with Wired Magazine to bring concepts in advanced technologies to the masses through accessible video programming.
Prior to founding WAYE, Sinead received her MBA from the University of Toronto and worked as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney.
Jason Steinhauer is the best selling author of "History, Disrupted: How Social Media & the World Wide Web Have Changed the Past," a public historian, podcast host, founder of the History Communication Institute, creator of History Club and a Global Fellow at The Wilson Center. He writes and speaks about how social media and the web are shaping what we know about history.
Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. Haidt’s research examines the intuitive foundations of morality, and how morality varies across cultural and political divisions. Haidt is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis (2006) and of The New York Times bestsellers The Righteous Mind (2012) and The Coddling of the American Mind (2018, with Greg Lukianoff). He has given four TED talks. In 2019 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Since 2018 he has been studying the contributions of social media to the decline of teen mental health and the rise of political dysfunction. He is currently writing Life After Babel: Adapting to a world we can no longer share.