[Information] KGRI2040/CCRC Joint Symposium: Implication of Ukraine-Russia Digital Conflict on Democracy (June 24, 2022)


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Co-hosted by:

KGRI Research Project Keio 2040, Keio University
Cyber Civilization Research Center (CCRC), Keio University

*This symposium is part of the MUFG Endowed Course: Rebuilding of “Trust” towards Sustainable Society: “2040” and beyond and the ZHD Endowed Course: The Platform Economy and the Sustainable Society.

When the war in Ukraine began to unfold, we saw the deployment of psychological manipulation strategies via social networks by those in power. At the same time, people are also using social media platforms as a means of resistance against the infringement of sovereignty towards democratic nation-states. Are  social networks a tool to defend democracy or a threat to its existence? Is it still possible to sustain democracy after the emerging conflicts in the digital space? We invite Professor Lawrence Lessig, who has been vocal about his concern over the  threats to democracies posed by social networks, to discuss the implication of Ukraine-Russia digital conflict on democracy.

Event information
Date & Time: Friday, June 24, 2022 | 15:40 – 18:00 (Event reception opens at 15:10)
Venue: North Hall, Keio University Mita Campus (Tentative Capacity: 100)
Online: Zoom Webinar
Language: English & Japanese (Simultaneous interpretation will be available)
Fee: Free
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Deadline: June 20, 2022
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Introduction: Professor Tatsuhiko Yamamoto (Professor, Law School & Deputy Director, KGRI)

Keynote Speech: Professor Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School

Panel Discussion
– Commentary
・Dr. Yusuke Narita (Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Yale University)
・Professor Yoko Hirose (Professor, Faculty of Policy Management)
・Professor Tatsuhiko Yamamoto (Professor, Law School & Deputy Director, KGRI)
– Discussion
※Moderator: Professor Jiro Kokuryo (Professor, Faculty of Policy Management & Chief Administrator, CCRC)

Closing Remarks: Professor David Farber (Co-Director, CCRC & Distinguished Professor)

※Emcee: Haluna Kawashima, Project Associate Professor, KGRI

*Click here to view the previous discussion with Professor Lawrence Lessig.

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