NYC Media Lab Summit 2021: Future Imperfect

Conference / Symposium
Open to the Public

hand holding a globe: "Future Imperfect"

About this event

New York City’s tech and media sectors have been fielding many curveballs. And yet, in the face of disruption we continue to innovate, no matter how uncertain the future may seem at times. In the spirit of endless innovation and exploration, NYC Media Lab is thrilled to host “Summit 2021: Future Imperfect” from October 6-7, 2021.

The two-day online conference will bring together 1,000+ virtual attendees from NYC Media Lab’s core community — including executives, university faculty, students, investors, and entrepreneurs — to explore the future of media and tech in New York City and beyond.

Free for Current Students, Faculty, Corporate Members & Friends of NYC Media Lab

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Join the Fireside Chat With Tandon's Laura Edelson (Co-Director of the Cybersecurity for Democracy Project at NYU & Tandon Ph.D. Candidate in Computer Science) on Wednesday, October 6 at 10 am

  • Session Description: Launched in 2020, the Ad Observer extension provides better transparency for Facebook political ads. In August 2021, Facebook suspended the accounts of Laura Edelson and Damon McCoy, the NYU researchers behind the Ad Observer extension. To many, this attempt to suppress open research reflects the social media platform’s sense of impunity. Facebook’s reaction is important as we work to better understand the widespread problem of disinformation on digital platforms. What's good faith, what's self-regulation, what's protecting oneself as a company, and perhaps most importantly, where do we go from here?
  • Speakers: Erica Matsumoto (Moderator), Director of Partnerships at NYC Media Lab; Laura Edelson, Co-Director of the Cybersecurity for Democracy Project at NYU & Tandon Ph.D. Candidate in Computer Science

Please note: The livestream link will be shared with all registrants as we approach the October 6-7 event. Questions? Email us at