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Livestream: Sheera Frenkel & Cecilia Kang on "An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination"

5:00pm sharp to 6:00pm EDT livestream

Event Details

Speaker Series

Date: Tuesday September 14, 2021 | 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Speaker(s): Sheera Frenkel, Cybersecurity Correspondent, New York Times; Co-Author

Cecilia Kang, National Technology Correspondent, New York Times; Co-Author

In Conversation with: Dimitry Anastakis, L.R. Wilson/R.J. Currie Chair in Canadian Business History, Department of History, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Topic: "An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination" (Harper, July 13 2021)
Venue:

On September 7th, Rotman Events will email paid registrants the link to the livestream.

Location: Online
Cost: $36.99 + HST per person (includes the link to the livestream and 1 hardcover copy of "An Ugly Truth" which will be shipped to customers after the session)
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Please note: The stated registration fee for this event only applies to customers residing in Canada and the U.S.A. If you are registering for this livestream from outside of these countries, please contact events@rotman.utoronto.ca regarding your registration as shipping fees vary depending on your location. 


Book Synopsis: 
Award-winning New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang unveil the tech story of our times in a riveting, behind-the-scenes exposé that offers the definitive account of Facebook’s fall from grace.

Once one of Silicon Valley’s greatest success stories, Facebook has been under constant fire for the past five years, roiled by controversies and crises. It turns out that while the tech giant was connecting the world, they were also mishandling users’ data, spreading fake news, and amplifying dangerous, polarizing hate speech.

The company, many said, had simply lost its way. But the truth is far more complex. Leadership decisions enabled, and then attempted to deflect attention from, the crises. Time after time, Facebook’s engineers were instructed to create tools that encouraged people to spend as much time on the platform as possible, even as those same tools boosted inflammatory rhetoric, conspiracy theories, and partisan filter bubbles. And while consumers and lawmakers focused their outrage on privacy breaches and misinformation, Facebook solidified its role as the world’s most voracious data-mining machine, posting record profits, and shoring up its dominance via aggressive lobbying efforts.

Drawing on their unrivaled sources, Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang take readers inside the complex court politics, alliances and rivalries within the company to shine a light on the fatal cracks in the architecture of the tech behemoth. Their explosive, exclusive reporting led them to a shocking conclusion: The missteps of the last five years were not an anomaly but an inevitability—this is how Facebook was built to perform. In a period of great upheaval, growth has remained the one constant under the leadership of Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg. Both have been held up as archetypes of uniquely 21st century executives—he the tech “boy genius” turned billionaire, she the ultimate woman in business, an inspiration to millions through her books and speeches. But sealed off in tight circles of advisers and hobbled by their own ambition and hubris, each has stood by as their technology is coopted by hate-mongers, criminals and corrupt political regimes across the globe, with devastating consequences. In An Ugly Truth, they are at last held accountable.

 

About Our Speakers: Sheera Frenkel covers cybersecurity from San Francisco. Previously, she spent over a decade in the Middle East as a foreign correspondent, reporting for BuzzFeed, NPR, The Times of London and McClatchy Newspapers.

Cecilia Kang covers technology and regulatory policy out of Washington. She joined The New York Times in 2015 after 10 years covering technology and business at The Washington Post.



Questions: events@rotman.utoronto.ca, Megan Murphy


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