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Global Social Media Research Symposium

The student research panel at the symposium

Student Research Panel

The GSMRS technology panel

Technology Panel

Live tweeting during the symposium

Live Tweeting

Ambassador Dino Djalal of Indonesia

Ambassador Dino Djalal of Indonesia

The Digital Media Cyber Policy Panel

Digital Media Cyber Policy Panel

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GSMRS Materials

GSMRS Flyer

GSMRS Program

Global Social Media Research Symposium


The Global Social Media Research Symposium on March 23, 2012, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American University, Washington, DC, will explore current research on the worldwide use of social media for societal reform and cultural-political transformation. The symposium will feature representatives from major technology companies, policy experts, journalists, researchers, and research groups.  Panel sessions will be devoted to social media technologies and innovation along with their application across national borders, the role of government in promoting access to these technologies, and recent research findings on social media reform movements worldwide.

The Global Social Media Research Symposium will take place in the new School of International Service building Abramson Family Founders Room on the main campus of American University.  Refreshments during session breaks and reception at the conclusion of the Symposium at 5 p.m. are provided.  For information, contact Prof. Shalini Venturelli, School of International Service: sventur@american.edu and Jason Smith, Symposium Director: js1232a@american.edu.

Symposium Speakers

  • Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder of Reddit & CEO Breadpig
  • Mark Drapeau, Director of Innovative Engagement, Microsoft
  • Mark Coatney, Director of Media Outreach, Tumblr
  • Sonja Gittens-Ottley, Manager, Business & Human Rights Program, Yahoo
  • H.E. Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Indonesian Ambassador
  • Scott Busby, Director, Office of Multilateral & Global Affairs for Democracy, Rights & Labor, US Department of State
  • Chris Riley,  Internet Freedom Analyst, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor, US Department of State
  • Suzanne Hall, Senior Advisor for Innovation, Educational & Cultural Affairs Bureau, US Department of State
  • Paola Ricaurte Quijano, National Council of Science and Technology, Mexico
  • Davin Hutchins, Managing Editor of Middle East Voices & Voice of America Middle East
  • Rebecca MacKinnon, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
  • Dan Berninger, Founder, 550 Challenge: Borderless Internet
  • Eric Novotny, Senior Advisor, Democracy & Technology, USAID
  • Anand Varghese, Program Specialist, United States Institute of Peace
  • Felipe Estefan, Social Media & Governance, Open & Collaborative Governance Cluster, World Bank Institute
  • Rami Khater, The Stream, Al Jazeera
  • Bennett Resnik, The Hands We Shake
  • Laura DeNardis, SOC Professor, AU
  • Sean Flynn, WCL Professor, AU
  • Melanie Teplinsky, WCL Professor, AU
  • Deen Freelon, SOC Professor, AU
  • Rick Rockwell, SOC Professor, AU
  • Scott Talan, SOC Professor, AU
  • Christine Chin, SIS Professor, AU
  • Nanette Levinson, SIS Professor, AU
  • Craig Hayden, SIS Professor, AU