February 9, 2020 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm
University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, CO
Debate: Technology is Undermining Democracy


EFF's Executive Director, Cindy Cohn and Andrew P Bridges will participate in the debate on the opposing side, Ahmed Ghappour and Paul Ohm will argue in favor of the subject. They will be joined by moderator Pieere de Vries.
The 2020 Silicon Flatirons flagship conference will examine optimism and pessimism in the tech sector. In the past decades, technological advances across fields such as artificial intelligence, telecommunications, social media, health care, data analysis, and media have brought dramatic transformations for society. Many of these advances have been positive: increasing transparency, improving health outcomes, spreading knowledge and information, and increasing connectivity. At the same time, many technological transformations have introduced novel and worrisome societal problems, ranging from social isolation, socioeconomic inequality, accessibility, the vulnerability of voting systems, political polarization, environmental impacts, and decreased privacy.