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SXSW 2017

Can Grace Survive in the Digital Age?

Being graceful, or being more at ease in the world, is a notion that likely appeals to us all. This is especially true in the always connected, always-on world we live in. But can grace and civil engagement thrive in an age of instant responses, bombastic communications, online harassment, and polarization? We are hopeful that it can.

We’ll explore the very notion of grace and how it is embodied in our everyday life, both online and off. We’ll look at ways that thoughtful design and technical decisions can promote community and enhance civil engagement. And we’ll explore ways that companies, policy makers, and individuals can help us realize a more graceful, digitally enhanced world.

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  1. What is “grace” and why does it matter in the digital world?
  2. What can designers and developers do to promote civil, graceful online engagement and experiences?
  3. What should companies, policy makers, and individuals do to embody and promote grace online?



Brian Wesolowski, Chief of Staff, Center for Democracy & Technology

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