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Palo Alto: Panel Discussion - Fake News, Social Media, and Preserving Democracy in the Age of AI

  • Morgan, Lewis & Brockius LLP 1400 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, CA 94304 (map)

Please join SOAS, University of London, Cambridge and Oxford Alumni and the Harvard Club of Silicon Valley, for this thought-provoking Panel Discussion by Media experts, tackling key questions on how we preserve our democracy at a time of AI-enabled media distortions and troubling fake news accusations that are upending politics on both sides of the Atlantic.


George Brock analyzes the media for organizations like the BBC and blogs on 21st Century Journalism ( He was Professor of Journalism at City, University of London, from 2009-17. For many years a key journalist at The Observer and managing editor of The Times, he was President of the World Editors Forum from 2004-08, and Chair of the International Press Institute’s British Section for several years.

Quentin Hardy is currently Director of Editorial at Google Cloud, and formerly New York Times Deputy Tech Editor from 2011 - 2017. He has also worked for the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. His credo: 'I truly believe that.… the nexus of sensors/mobile computing, large cloud systems and AI will remake the world on the scale of electricity, automotive power, etc.'

Richard Gingras is Vice President, News at Google, where he guides the company's strategy in how it surfaces news on Google search, Google News, and its smart devices. He also oversees Google’s effort to enable a healthy, open ecosystem for quality journalism. In March 2018, Gingras announced the Google News Initiative, a global effort including $300 million dollars to elevate quality journalism, explore new models for sustainability, and provide technology to stimulate cost-efficiency in newsrooms. Richard has been involved in digital media since 1980 and helped found


Rachael Myrow is KQED's acting Silicon Valley Bureau Chief. You can hear her work on NPR, Here & Now and the KQED podcast Bay Curious. She also periodically guest hosts for KQED's Forum and The California Report, which she hosted for seven years. Prior to joining KQED, Rachael worked in Los Angeles at KPCC and Marketplace. She holds degrees in English and journalism from UC Berkeley (where she got her start at public radio at KALX-FM). Outside of the studio, you'll find Rachael circling the Stanford Dish, whipping up Instagram-ready meals in her kitchen, and doggedly trying to keep pace with The New Yorker magazines piling up by her couch.

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