In the aftermath of the Jan. 6 attack, the suspension of high-profile social media accounts and the viral spread of misinformation, the stakes for free speech have never been higher. Join Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and former Facebook executive Katie Harbath on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. ET for a robust series of discussions focused on the weaponization of misinformation, the efforts to hold social media companies accountable and the push for more media literacy to combat the spread of conspiracy theories.

Highlights

“We certainly have not ruled that out and what we are doing is I think methodically going through witnesses in the order that we think makes most investigative sense…we are quite determined to bring in anyone who we think has relevant information.” (Washington Post Live)
"When we have a colleague in Congress who essentially espouses through video or in other ways glorifies violence against another member of Congress or the president then Congress needs to speak out. In many other workplaces in America, they would be gone. I consider a censure the least of what we could do here.” (Washington Post Live)
“We are discussing that now. We pursued a criminal contempt of Steve Bannon…we are discussing whether we will take the same course with Mark Meadows.” (Washington Post Live)
“At the domestic level, really putting together a comprehensive strategy not only about what the federal government can do…but also empowering the states and making sure states have the funding that they need to accurately conduct elections and make sure people have accurate information. And then internationally I think with the summit of democracies coming up there needs to be a lot of pressure and consideration put on how do we deal with countries that are passing laws under the guise of trying to protect false information but really are laws that might actually suppress minority and opposition voices” (Washington Post Live)
“I am particularly worried about 2024. Because it’s going to be a year where we not only have the U.S. presidential election, but elections in India, Indonesia, Ukraine, Taiwan, Mexico, United Kingdom and the European Parliament all in the same year…we are entering a very chaotic time in the world for elections and democracy.” (Washington Post Live)

Katie Harbath

Provided by Katie Harbath.

Katie Harbath is a global leader at the intersection of elections, democracy, and technology. As the chief executive of Anchor Change, she helps clients think through tech policy issues. She is also a a fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Integrity Institute and a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council.

Previously, Katie spent 10 years at Facebook. As a director of public policy, she built and led global teams that managed elections and helped government and political figures use the social network to connect with their constituents.

Before Facebook, Katie held senior digital roles at the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and the DCI Group, as well as multiple campaigns for office.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)

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Since his election in 2000, Congressman Adam Schiff has worked for transformational, progressive change, to make the economy work for everyone and address poverty, to make healthcare universal, to confront the urgent crisis of climate change and protect our environment, to bring about gun safety, and to address inequality.

Adam Schiff is a proven leader in Congress in efforts to protect our democracy, our national security, and the right to vote for all Americans. Adam currently serves as the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Over the last four years, Adam Schiff was on the front lines of the struggle to protect and preserve our democracy and uphold the rule of law. Schiff is the lead author of a landmark reform package to prevent future abuses of executive power and build back our democracy better, including the Protecting Our Democracy Act.

Adam also led the first House impeachment inquiry and served as the Lead Impeachment Manager during the first Senate impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump.

Adam currently represents the 28th Congressional District, which includes all or part of the cities of Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, La Cañada-Flintridge, and West Hollywood, and the communities La Crescenta, Atwater Village, Silver Lake, Echo Park, Hollywood, Los Feliz, East Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Montrose, Sunland, Tujunga, Elysian Valley, Franklin Hills, Verdugo City, and Griffith Park.

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(Washington Post Live)

Can Our Democracy Be Saved From Misinformation?

Broad majorities of Americans express deep concern about misinformation online and its corrosive effects on our democracy. With limited tools at their disposal, how can policymakers respond to an existential challenge that pits our national interests against our deeply-held reverence for free speech?

Jameel Jaffer

Jameel Jaffer directs the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which defends the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education. Under Jaffer’s leadership, the Knight Institute has filed precedent-setting litigation, undertaken major interdisciplinary research initiatives, and become an influential voice in debates about the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age. Jaffer previously served as deputy legal director at the ACLU, where he oversaw the organization’s work on free speech, privacy, technology, national security, and international human rights. Over the course of his fifteen years at the ACLU, he argued civil liberties cases in multiple appeals courts as well as the U.S. Supreme Court and testified many times before federal agencies and the U.S. Congress. Jaffer’s recent writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Foreign Affairs, and the Yale Law Journal Forum. He is an executive editor of Just Security, a national security blog, and his most recent book, The Drone Memos, was one of the Guardian’s “Best Books of 2016.” He is a graduate of Williams College, Cambridge University, and Harvard Law School. Early in his legal career, he served as a law clerk to Hon. Amalya L. Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and then to Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada.

Interviewed by John Sands

John Sands joined Knight Foundation in January 2019. He leads many of Knight’s research initiatives, including a $50 million investment in new scholarship on the internet’s impacts on democracy, as well as a multiyear Trust, Media & Democracy research partnership with Gallup.