Can We Trust Tech?
People like me, we are defenseless against disinformation operatives.
Can We Trust Tech?
What is trust? “A firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.” (We googled it). How much, not to mention who, we should trust is more complex now, given the technological tools we have at our disposal and the crafty creatives who might push the world’s next great product, or the next fake story, or — far worse — the hackers who can seriously damage personal or global security. The pace with which we receive and share information is outstripping our ability to consume it, much less give it critical analysis. Whose “facts” are the closest to the truth? Questions of trust in tech loom large in 2019. Election security. Disinformation campaigns. Privacy. We transfer money across the globe with a password and a click; we post to social media; we buy online and thus provide data all the time. But we also access educational resources in ways that have catalyzed social mobility in all sectors of society. We share stories, images, and support in ways that build community as never before. When it comes to technology, how accepting should we be? These discussions examine the realities of trust in tech, the best of tech, and the challenges — and solutions — we have as the world of tech increasingly touches every aspect of our lives.
Timothy WuSpecial assistant to the president for technology and competition poli...
Craig NewmarkFounder of craigslist
Fred HumphriesChief public policy advocate for Microsoft
Evan MarwellFounder of Education SuperHighway
Susan GoldbergPresident and CEO of GBH
Nicholas ThompsonCEO at The Atlantic
Ben BoydChief Client Strategy Officer for Edelman
Alex StamosCybersecurity professor and scholar at Stanford University
Betsy CooperDirector of Aspen Tech Policy Hub
Michael ChuiSenior Partner at McKinsey & Company
Jim BildnerCEO of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
- 2019 Festival
Tony Fadell, creator of the iPod and the smart thermostat Nest, shares advice for inventing things that change the world.
From blockchain to back to school and virus-hunting to bridging divides, speakers at the 2021 Aspen Ideas Festival addressed issues in a new kind of world—one touched, and cha...
Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, and since then, the war has proven longer and costlier than what the Kremlin might have expected. Ukrainian resistanc...
Soon, we may be able to visualize any biological process in the human body, at any scale, in real time. Here’s what it will take to get there. Presented by Chan Zuckerberg Ini...