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A Brave New World: How the Internet Affects Societies

Chatham House, London

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Overview

With the rise of the internet in recent decades, its impact on society has been transformative at several levels including in communication, access to knowledge, and social interaction.

While early adapters saw possibilities in using the internet as a vehicle to dealing with the many challenges facing the world,  more recently there have been questions about how it can be used to spread false and misleading information and to radicalize and recruit potential terrorists. There are also concerns as to whether the internet serves to reduce or exacerbate social divisions and whether it contributes to the dilution of social norms or does it repurpose the discussions about them?

At this private roundtable, the speakers will address the often awkward questions on how the internet affects social norms and societies at large. A culturally and geographically diverse set of participants will bring to the forefront a set of different views on the way the internet impacts the everyday lives of people.   

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.