Citizen Panel: Regulating Social Media

When: August 14th 9am EST – 5:30pm EST

Where: Zoom

$100 per participant (18+)

Apply here by July 26th, 2021

What if you could write the policies that impact what people can and cannot share online? How would you go about enforcing them? The UMD Ethics & Values in Design (EViD) lab has designed and tested a new game in which participants debate, experience, and make decisions about platform governance. Participants first work together to set the content moderation policies for a new platform, and then implement those policies on challenging content drawn from real-world examples. Through game play, participants experience the challenge of balancing values such as free expression and community safety and learn how existing laws shape that conversation. 

Our goal is to use the game to facilitate a citizen’s panel in which a diverse group of non-experts frame a conversation about social media policy and co-write an official statement outlining their values in order to influence policy.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to alenhart@terpmail.umd.edu with any questions.

Note: The game includes discussion of sensitive content including Sexually Explicit Content, Harassment, Hate Speech, Self-harm, Illegal Activity, Quality Contributions, and Graphic Content.  While we will be discussing sensitive content, no images will be used. You must be over the age of 18 to participate.