Upcoming Events

The Tow Center plans a full schedule of events throughout the year, including bi-monthly Tow Teas, monthly computational journalism lectures, and a variety of conferences and workshops. Unless otherwise indicated, these events are free and open to Columbia Journalism School students, Columbia University affiliates, and the public.


The Tow Responsive Cities Initiative
Workshop with Susan Crawford
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

By invitation only

The extension of fiber optic high-speed Internet access connections across cities in America could provide an opportunity to remake democratic engagement over the next decade. Cities would have the chance to use this transformative communications capacity to increase their responsiveness to constituents, making engagement a two-way, nuanced, meaningful part of what a city does. The political capital that this responsiveness would generate could then be allocated to support big ideas that could address the problems facing many American cities, including growing inequality, diminishing quality of life, and movement of jobs outside the city’s borders.


Journalism After Snowden: Normalizing Surveillance
A lecture with Ethan Zuckerman
Tuesday, Nov. 18
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

RSVP Required via Eventbrite

The default business model for the internet – free services and content supported by targeted advertising – has created a situation where internet users expect to be surveilled at all times by a complex web of large corporations.  In trying to produce digital public spheres that enable broad participation in debate and in making high quality news accessible to large audiences, we may have adopted a revenue model that normalizes surveillance to a point where it is invisible, inoffensive and simply accepted by most online users.  Does the normalization of commercial surveillance help explain the mixed reaction Americans have had towards revelations of widespread government surveillance by Snowden and other whistleblowers?

Ethan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and a principal research scientist at MIT’s Media Lab.  Ethan’s research focuses on issues of internet freedom, civic engagement through digital tools and international connections through media.  He blogs at http://ethanzuckerman.com/blog and lives in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts.

This lecture series is part of a book project titled Journalism After Snowden: The Future of Free Press in the Surveillance State, which will be published by Columbia University Press in the Fall of 2015.

Space is limited and RSVP is Required.

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the Information Society Project of Yale Law School have partnered to present this series of 4 lectures as part of the larger Journalism After Snowden project this Fall.

Journalism After Snowden, funded by The Tow Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a yearlong series of events, research projects and writing from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism in collaboration with Columbia Journalism Review.