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Confused by AI Chatter? Experts in Journalism, Tech Will Discuss Emerging Technologies

Event Date:

May 4 - 5, 2023


Lewis Auditorium
Robertson Hall

Princeton, NJ 08540


Join us in person or virtually. Please register here to attend in person. The livestream will be available here.

Powerful new technologies like OpenAI’s “ChatGPT” or Google’s Bard have sparked excitement over the potential they have to transform how we work, learn, and communicate. But their potential harms also trigger fears and unease. As a result, the public discourse around such large language models (LLMs) can be noisy and chaotic.

The Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) will convene a panel of experts from the journalism, tech research, and public policy sectors to discuss their experiences with—and approaches to—engaging with emerging technologies in their respective professions.

The panel will also talk about the responsibilities that journalists and academics may have in shaping the public conversation around digital technologies, and how they can support each other’s work for the benefit of the public.

Co-sponsors of the event include the Pulitzer Center, the Digital Witness Lab at CITP, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, and the Program in Journalism at Princeton University.

This seminar will be recorded and posted to the CITP website, YouTube, and Princeton University’s Media Central channel.

To request accommodations for the disabled, please contact Jean Butcher at [email protected].

The Pulitzer Center, Digital Witness Lab, Brown Institute for Media Innovation, and the Program in Journalism at Princeton will also convene experts in data-driven tech reporting and research to discuss challenges and opportunities in tech accountability journalism.

These invite-only sessions will span topics including auditing civic algorithms, investigating social media platforms and misinformation, reporting on gig work, and fostering reporter-researcher collaborations. Insights derived from the conference will be used to produce a best-practice guide that can help equip journalists to report on the impact of tech on all aspects of society.