Social media platforms have found themselves at the center of heated tech debates. Established players are facing high-profile lawsuits and a growing techlash—proving that bigger isn’t always better. Meanwhile, a wave of smaller, slower, more liberated platforms are coming to market with a clean slate and a shiny new halo. Privacy concerns are sparking a mass migration to encrypted messaging apps. Niche, community-based apps are promising more connection and less polarization. And more mindful apps are doing away with endless scrolling—encouraging users to take some time off from the always-on. But is this new social media utopia enticing enough? Or will we remain tied to the big platforms—and the big consequences that come with them?
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- This panel will explore emerging social platforms creating an underground social media utopia.
- We examine how these emerging platforms might force change, helping us say goodbye to an era of toxic tech.
- A look into the future: what it will actually take to cause a mass migration off the world’s most popular social platforms?
- Annie Brown, Founder and Forbes Contributor, Lips & Forbes
- Casey Fiesler, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
- Tristan Harris, Co-Founder, The Center for Humane Technology
- Skyler Hubler, Senior Cultural Strategist, TBWA\Worldwide, Backslash
Skyler Hubler, Writer & Senior Cultural Strategist, TBWA Chiat Day
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