28 October 2021
4:00 pm
Tech & Society: “Journalism = Democracy”
Auditorio Espacio Fundación Telefónica

Tech & Society: “Journalism = Democracy”


Aspen Institute España and Fundación Telefónica held the past September 28 the third session of the Tech & Society Program 2021 on “Journalism = Democracy” with Vivian Schiller, Director of Aspen Digital at Aspen Institute (USA) and former CEO of National Public Radio and Global News of Twitter. The session was moderated by José M. de Areilza, Secretary General of Aspen Institute España, and gathered around 30 participants from the Program,  leaders from all sectors of civil society such as the public sector, different academic institutions and media.

The perfect storm of collapsing business models, shifting readers habits and rising illiberalism have collided to form an existential threat to an independent journalism. During the session, Vivian Schiller will introduce these challengues: How did we get there? What can be done to strengthen sustainable news media?


Vivian Schiller joined Aspen Institute (USA) in January 2020 as Executive Director of Aspen Digital, which empowers policymakers, civic organizations, businesses and the public to make responsible use of technology and media that serve an informed, just and equitable world. Schiller, who has long worked at the intersection of journalism, media and technology, has held executive roles at some of the world’s most respected media organizations. Among them are: President and CEO of NPR; CEO of news at Twitter; CEO of NYTimes.com; head of digital at NBC News; head of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications; and head of CNN’s documentary and long-form divisions. Documentaries and series produced under her direction have received 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, owner of 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.


V Edición del Programa Tech & Society

Aspen Institute España and Fundación Telefónica launched the V Edition of the Tech & Society Program. The 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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