The Livingston Lectures with Adrian Chen

November 30, 2016

  • 2016 |
  • Event |

The Livingston Lectures“Russian Trolls: Is an Underground Online
Army Manipulating U.S. Politics?”

November 30, 2016 | 7:00 PM
WGBH, Yawkey Theater
One Guest Street
Boston, MA

Event is free.
Reception with speakers following the discussion.
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The Livingston Lectures present an evening with David Greene, host of NPR’s “Morning Edition;” Adrian Chen, winner of the 2016 Livingston Award for International Reporting; Vasily Gatov, media researcher and author; and Raney Aronson-Rath, executive producer of PBS’s Frontline.

In 2015, journalist Adrian Chen’s New York Times Magazine story unveiled a shadowy internet trolling organization in St. Petersburg, Russia, and raised the subject of the Russian government embracing social media to influence public opinion. For that story, Chen received the 2016 Livingston Award for International Reporting. The panel will discuss Russia’s current role in the U.S. presidential election and examine how power and money work to distort social media, a presumably pro-democratic tool.

David Greene is co-host of NPR’s “Morning Edition.” Previously, Greene was an NPR foreign correspondent based in Moscow covering the region from Ukraine and the Baltics, east to Siberia. Greene has been a Livingston Awards judge since 2013.

Adrian Chen is a staff writer for The New Yorker. Previously he wrote about the internet and technology for New York, Wired, The New York Times Magazine and other publications.

Vasily Gatov is a Russian media researcher and author based in Boston. He has more than 28 years of professional experience in domestic and international media and is currently working on a book about censorship in Russia.

Raney Aronson-Rath is the executive producer of PBS’s Frontline. Under her leadership, Frontline has won every major award in broadcast journalism. For more than a decade, she has been a Livingston Awards judge.

The event is co-sponsored by WGBH and Frontline.