The U.S. elections in 2020 and the storm on the Capitol in Washington DC that followed suit underlined once more the influence of social media on the democratic process. In light of the general elections in Germany in September 2021, the virtual transatlantic conversation 'Safeguarding Democracies: Social Media and Populist Narratives in Germany and the U.S.' will take place.
Markus Beckedahl, co-founder of re:publica, network political activist and journalist, and Lance Bennett, the Emeritus Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor for Communication at the University of Washington, will discuss the social media narratives surrounding the U.S. and the German elections, as well as approaches by governments, civil society, and business to limit the spread of misinformation and fake news. The event will be moderated by Paulina Fröhlich, program director of Future of Democracies at 'Das Progressive Zentrum'. Oliver Schramm, German Consul General in San Francisco, will provide opening remarks.
This event is part of an ongoing lecture series of the Federal Republic of Germany. The participation is free.