On Wednesday, Feb. 6, scholars from across Harvard University joined social media experts from Facebook, Twitter, Socialflow and Microsoft Research for a conference on social media, theory and practice, and their potential effects on voting behavior, electricity consumption, pro-social behavior and privacy.
The event, “Social Media and Behavioral Economics Conference,” sponsored by Harvard Law School’s new Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy, was held at Harvard Law School’s Wasserstein Hall.
Video of the event, which was webcast live, will be available here in the coming days.
For more on the event, search for the hashtag #HarvardSMBEC on Twitter.
Social Media and Behavioral Economics Conference
Wednesday, February 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wasserstein Hall 2019 (Milstein West AB)
1585 Massachusetts Avenue
Harvard Law School
Introductions (9 a.m.)
Cass Sunstein, Professor, Harvard Law School
Panel 1: Theory and Practice (9:15-10:20 a.m.)
Moderator: Yochai Benkler, Professor, Harvard Law School, and Faculty Co-Director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society
Eytan Bakshy, Data Scientist, Facebook
Sendhil Mullainathan, Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Sharad Goel, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research
Gilad Lotan, VP of Research and Development, Socialflow
Panel 2: Behavioral Economics, Social Media, and Apps (10:30-11:40 a.m.)
Moderator: David Laibson, Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Sarah Feinberg, Director of Corporate Communications, Facebook
Andy Cameron, Associate Professor of Surgery and Surgical Director of Liver Transplantation, Johns Hopkins University
Michael Sachse, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel, Opower
Panel 3: The Role of Institutions (11:50-1 p.m.)
Moderator: Cass Sunstein, Professor, Harvard Law School
Jonathan Zittrain, Professor, Harvard Law School, and Faculty Co-Director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society
Mike Luca, Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School
Elliot Schrage, Vice President, Communications and Public Policy, Facebook
Alex Macgillivray, General Counsel, Twitter