28 October 2021
7:00 pm
Conference Tech & Society: “Journalism = Democracy”
Auditorio Espacio Fundación Telefónica

Conference Tech & Society: “Journalism = Democracy”

Aspen Institute España and Fundación Telefónica held last October 28, from 7.00pm to 8.30pm, the conference “Journalism = Democracy” from the V Edition of the Tech & Society Program with Vivian Schiller, Executive Director of Aspen Digital and former CEO, National Public Radio and Global News of Twitter. José M. de Areilza, Secretary General of Aspen Institute España, moderated the conference.



Vivian Schiller joined the Aspen Institute in January 2020 as Executive Director of Aspen Digital, which empowers policymakers, civic organizations, companies, and the public to be responsible stewards of technology and media in the service of an informed, just, and equitable world. A longtime executive at the intersection of journalism, media and technology, Schiller has held executive roles at some of the most respected media organizations in the world. Those include: President and CEO of NPR; Global Chair of News at Twitter; General Manager of NYTimes.com; Chief Digital Officer of NBC News; Chief of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications; and Head of CNN documentary and long form divisions. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including three Peabody Awards, four Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and dozens of Emmys. Schiller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a Director of the Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian.


José M. de Areilza Carvajal is Secretary General of Aspen Institute España. He has a dual appointment as Professor at the Law Department and at the General Management and Strategy Department of ESADE Business School. He is the holder of the Jean Monnet Chair-ESADE and a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He has been Visiting Professor at INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau, France, and has worked as Advisor to the Spanish Prime Minister on European and North American affairs. Since 2017 he serves as Co-Chair of the British Spanish Tertulias, the leading bilateral forum between the two countries and as a Trustee of the Spanish Naval Museum. He writes a weekly column on international affairs in ABC, a national newspaper. José M. de Areilza received an LL.B. degree with Special Graduation Prize from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and holds a Masters degree (LL.M.) and Doctorate degree (S.J.D.) from Harvard University and an M.A. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is a Member of the New York Bar.


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V Edition of the Tech & Society Program

Aspen Institute España and Fundación Telefónica launched the V Edition of the Tech & Society ProgramThe Program, in its fifth edition, will once again hold debates, conferences and the Socrates Seminar, which will take place at La Granja de San Ildefonso (Segovia) and will be sponsored by Google.

Tech & Society Program has become the main forum in Spain for reflection on the major issues raised by advances in digital technologies. The fifth edition will gather different leaders from all sectors of civil society to discuss the new technological challenges and their influence in areas as diverse as human relations, politics, education, culture, economics and medicine.

Leigh Hafrey, Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Sandy Parakilas, Chief Strategy Officer for the Center for Humane Technology, who recently appeared in the Netflix documentary “The Social Media Dilemma”, Cathy O’Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens DemocracyBeth Noveck, director of The Gov Lab and professor in the Technology, Culture, and Society department at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, and who led the Obama Administration’s Open Government Initiative, are some of the speakers who have participated as speakers through the Tech & Society Program throughout its different editions.

You can access former interviews and conferences of the Program on our  YouTube channel.


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  • Vivian Schiller
  • José M. de Areilza
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