The Interval at Long Now welcomes
Nathaniel Persily (Stanford Law School, CASBS-Stanford)
Can Democracy Survive the Internet?
Check-in begins 6:30pm; talk will start 7:30pmat The Interval at Long Now
The Internet was once seen as a democratizing force, but today's social media platforms have become exploitable intermediaries of political discourse. How should governments, institutions and tech companies respond? In the wake of an Internet-mediated and norm-breaking ?election, one of our great experts on the US election system starts a conversation about what comes next.
Nate Persily is a nationally recognized constitutional law expert on topics including voting rights, political parties, campaign finance and redistricting. He is in-demand as a non-partisan expert on drawing fair voting districts. He served on the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, a bipartisan commission created by President Obama to deal with the long lines at the polling place and other administrative problems witnessed in the 2012 election.
Republicans should be worried about the maps that Persily might draw – not because he’s biased against the GOP, but because he’s biased against voters being disenfrachised.— Charlotte Observer editorial board, a federal court has appointed Persily to redraw several North Carolina legislative districts to "remedy the unconstitutional use of race found in the state’s 2011 maps."
Persily's book Solutions to Political Polarization in America will be on sale at the talk and he will sign it after the talk.
This event is co-presented by the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), where Persily is currently a fellow working on a book expanding on the ideas he'll discuss in this talk.
Long Now members can watch a free livestream of this event
Nathan Persily is the James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. His work and expertise focus on the law of democracy, addressing issues such as voting rights, political parties, campaign finance and redistricting. A sought-after nonpartisan voice in voting rights, he has served as a court-appointed expert to draw legislative districting plans for Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, and New York and as special master for the redistricting of Connecticut’s congressional districts. Other areas of scholarly interest concern American public opinion toward various constitutional controversies. Persily designed the Constitutional Attitudes Survey, a national public opinion poll executed in both 2009 and 2010. The survey includes an array of questions concerning attitudes toward the Supreme Court, constitutional interpretation and specific constitutional controversies. He also served on the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, a bipartisan commission created by President Obama to deal with the long lines at the polling place and other administrative problems witnessed in the 2012 election.More about Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford:Since 01954 the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences has been a preeminent national and international locus for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, and transformative thinking and research on some of the most important challenges and issues. Its aim is discovery in the service of advancing social science methods, theories, and topics that address and answer socially significant questions. At the heart of the CASBS enterprise is its residential fellowship program, which attracts the finest minds from psychology, sociology, economics, political science, anthropology, history, philosophy, linguistics, and related disciplines.
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