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TLRH | Frances Haugen, Facebook whistle-blower, in conversation with Jess Kelly

Monday, 21 March 2022, 5 – 6pm

TLRH | Frances Haugen, Facebook whistle-blower, in conversation with Jess Kelly

Frances Haugen is a data engineer, and formerly a product manager with Facebook. In 2021, she disclosed tens of thousands of Facebook's internal documents to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. In October 2021, she told the US Congress that Meta's "leadership know how to make Facebook and Instagram safer, but won't make the necessary changes because they have put their astronomical profits before people". She has testified to the US Congress, the European Parliament, the UK Parliament, and the Oireachtas, that government regulation of Meta is increasingly necessary. In her conversation with Jess Kelly, she will discuss what changes Meta can make, and what regulations legislators can introduce, to make platforms safer.


About Frances Haugen
Frances Haugen is a specialist in algorithmic product management, having worked on ranking algorithms at Google, Pinterest, Yelp and Facebook. She was recruited to Facebook to be the lead Product Manager on the Civic Misinformation team, which dealt with issues related to democracy and misinformation, and later also worked on counter-espionage.

During her time at Facebook, Ms. Haugen became increasingly alarmed by the choices the company makes prioritizing their own profits over public safety and putting people's lives at risk. As a last resort and at great personal risk, Haugen made the courageous decision to blow the whistle on Facebook. The initial reporting was done by the Wall Street Journal in what became known as ‘The Facebook Files.’ Since going public, Haugen has testified in front of the US Congress, UK and EU Parliaments, French Senate and National Assembly and has engaged with lawmakers internationally on how best to address the negative externalities of online platforms.

Haugen has filed a series of complaints with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to how Meta, Facebook’s parent company, has allegedly misled the public and investors on issues such as climate and COVID-19 disinformation. The complaints also argue that the platform has misled investors about its role in the January 6 Capital attack, hate speech removal, the impact of its services on teens, and the use of the platform for human trafficking.

About Jess Kelly
Jess Kelly is Newstalk’s Technology Correspondent and hosts Tech Talk on Saturday evenings at 5pm. ​Having worked at Newstalk for over ten years, Jess’ role has seen her travel across the globe reporting from some of the biggest conferences in the world including; CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Jess is an experienced MC and has conducted interviews with high-profile guests such as YouTube mega-star Casey Nesitat and former secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff. In 2019, Jess Kelly was awarded the Irish Tatler Woman of the Year Media Award.

The event is presented by the Technologies, Law and Society Research Group in the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin and the Schuler Democracy Forum in the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute. 

The event is open to the public, but booking is required.
This event will also be streamed live here. 

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Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Creative Arts Practice, Digital Humanities, Identities in Transformation
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars, Library, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free but Registration Required

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