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The Tower and the Park: Structural Misalignments of Social Media
Zuccotti Park, the site of Occupy Wall Street, and One Liberty Plaza, the multi-billion-dollar tower, represent a complex power play between public and private interests. In the digital realm, social media grapples with a similar contention: social networks would not exist without platform businesses and yet their public benefits are at odds with the drive for private profit.

Join us for a special Berkman Klein Center Luncheon featuring Joanne Cheung, who will discuss her research and open access article, “Real Estate Politik: Democracy and the Financialization of Social Networks.” Cheung argues that “social networks are privately owned public spaces caught between the misaligned incentives of public good and private profit” and that their business models perpetuate historical inequities.

Please RSVP through this link by Monday 5/16 at 3PM ET. We ask that attendees read sections 2 and 3 of Real Estate Politik, which can also be accessed here: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=9698151

May 17, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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