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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Thursday, April 12 • 3:30pm - 4:40pm
KEYNOTE: Defending the Digital Space: Fake News, Hate Speech, and Big Brother Now Open

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The internet's core strengths—its freedom and openness—increasingly seem to be double-edged swords, undermining trust and available for exploitation for criminals and companies alike. Can we safeguard our society and privacy online?

Moderators
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Siva Vaidhyanathan

Robertson Professor of Media Studies and Director of the Center for Media and Citizenship, The University of Virginia
Siva Vaidhyanathan is the author of Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy (forthcoming 2018), Intellectual Property: A Very Short Introduction (2017), The Googlization of Everything -- and Why We Should Worry (2011), and three other books on techn... Read More →

Speakers
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Renee Diresta

Data for Democracy, Head of Policy
DiResta is a founding advisor to the Center for Humane Technology, Head of Policy at Data for Democracy, and an advocate for vaccination in California. She is a cofounder of Haven, a private marketplace for booking ocean freight shipments. Previously, Renee was a principal at se... Read More →
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Garrett Graff

Executive Director, Cybersecurity and Technology Program
Graff is a distinguished magazine journalist and historian, spending more than a dozen years covering politics, technology, and national security. Today, he serves as the director of the Aspen Institute’s cybersecurity and technology program, and is a contributor to WIRED, Long... Read More →
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Cathy O'Neil

Author, Weapons of Math Destruction
Cathy O’Neil is a regular contributor to Bloomberg View and wrote the book "Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy." She earned a Ph.D. in math from Harvard, was a postdoc at the MIT math department, and a professor at Barnard C... Read More →

Sponsors
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C-Ville Weekly

C-VILLE Weekly is a free newspaper with a weekly circulation of 23,000 copies distributed in Charlottesville and its surrounding counties. In addition, we publish seven magazines throughout the year: Abode, a monthly home and landscape magazine; C-BIZ, a quarterly business public... Read More →
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University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

The University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciencesis the largest of the University of Virginia's ten schools. Consisting of both a graduate and an undergraduate program, the College comprises the liberal artsand humanities section of the University... Read More →




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