Open to Debate: What does accountability look like in the era of social media?

by Canada 2020. Posted August 12, 2020


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Social media has opened up opportunities for sharing, networking, self-expression, and collaboration that were previously difficult, if not impossible for many. In plenty of ways, it has pluralized and democratized communication.

While social media offers opportunities, it also comes with risks and costs. At times, it becomes an utter wasteland: a haven for harassment and a steward of violence. One way to manage such behaviour online is by holding people to account for their speech and actions. But how should that be done? And by whom? Or, more to the point: What does accountability look like in the era of social media?

On this episode of Open to Debate, David Moscrop talks with Julie Lalonde. She is an internationally recognized women’s rights advocate, public educator, and the author of Resilience is Futile: The Life and Death of Julie Lalonde.