Digital Media in the 2020 Election & America’s Role in the World with the SNF Agora Institute
11 NOVEMBER 2019

When Barack Obama was elected to his first term as U.S. President, his campaign’s savvy use of social media was hailed as a canny innovation. Just over a decade later, as his successor runs for reelection, it’s taken for granted that digital media will be integral to the outcome of the election.

On November 12 from 6 to 7:15 p.m., a Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute event at Johns Hopkins University will explore the role digital media will play in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The discussion will cover topics including disinformation spread online, campaigns to suppress voter turnout, and the potential for foreign interference. Speakers include journalists at Slate, POLITICO, Monocle, and The New York Times and professors at Fordham and the University of North Carolina (UNC).

The digital media event, free and open to the public with advance registration, is co-presented by SNF Agora and the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life at UNC Chapel Hill.
The SNF Agora Institute is committed to engaging the public around a wide variety of topics, and the very next day, November 13 at 5:15, another SNF Agora event will explore America’s role in the world. Jake Sullivan, policy adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and former national security adviser to Joe Biden, will have a conversation moderated by Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs Hal Brands.

The event on America’s global role, free and open to the public with no advance registration required, is co-presented by SNF Agora, the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, the SIAS Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs.

Drawing inspiration from the Agora of ancient Athens, which was a hub of conversation and debate and the center of the city-state’s democratic governance, SNF committed $150 million to a joint effort with Johns Hopkins University to create the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute in 2018. The SNF Agora Institute brings together experts from political science, psychology, philosophy, and beyond to foster open and inclusive discourse.