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We're showing the film at universities, embassies and institutions around

the world, and engaging in discussions with some of the most knowledgeable experts

in the areas of disinformation, online harms, regulation, ethics and tech monopolies.

We will post those discussions as we have them so check back often.​

















The People’s Summit for AI Safety – An Urgent Conversation On AI’s Clear and Present Dangers 


Presented on 10/30/23. A conversation on new data and research on AI’s risks, demands from civil society and an urgent call to put PM Sunak’s “AI Safety Summit” in context. With lawyer and co-founder of tech accountability non-profit, Foxglove, Cori Crider; renowned expert in algorithmic bias and discrimination at UCLA; Safiya Noble; director of The YouTube Effect, Alex Winter; senior economist for Public Policy Research, Carsten Jung; producer of The YouTube Effect, Gale Anne Hurd; leading computer scientist, activist and fellow with Mozilla, Deb Raji; and  communications scholar, author, and associate professor at Northeastern University, Sasha Costanza-Chock. Winter wrote an oped for Big Issue about this event and the issues that you can read here




























YouTube's role in the rise of the Internet: Panel at Boston University 


October 25, 2023. A conversation with writer and director, Alex Winter, Gabriella Coleman, Harvard University, Anthropology, Eleni Castro, Director of Digital Ventures, Boston University, and disinformation expert and COM Assistant Professor Joan Donovan.

Link above has full audio of the talk. 

















The Societal Impact of YouTube: Discussion at The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University


Held on Monday, October 23rd, 2023. An in-depth discussion with director, Alex Winter,

Boston University Assistant Professor Joan Donovan, Harvard Law Professor Lawrence

Lessig and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind. Link above has full audio

of the talk. Two excerpted videos can be seen here: Video One. Video Two.












AI Created Entertainment, Inherent Bias and the Opportunities for Change


This discussion is not from our documentary, but the New Now Summit, held by NYU LA and filmed in Los Angeles on September, 29, 2023. Learn about the bias acknowledged to

be inherent in AI and how it affects AI-created art and entertainment, as well as how that paradigm can be changed. Featuring panelists Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, Lindsay Nuon, Dan O’Sullivan, and Oscar Sharp. Moderated by Alex Winter















Symposium at Berkeley University School of Information


Filmed on September 14, 2023. An in-depth discussion and spirited debate of the 

societal impact of YouTube and Big Tech, and the possibility, and First Amendment implications, of reforming Section 230. With Erwin Chemerinsky,

Dean, Berkeley School of Law; Brandie Nonnecke, Director, CITRIS Policy Lab and

Research Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy; Hany Farid, Professor, School of Information and EECS, and director Alex Winter. Sponsored by the School of Information

and CITRIS Policy Lab. Photo by Carol Thomas.











Discussion at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism


Screening and discussion about YouTube's impact and the potential actions and policy

from citizens, journalists and government moving forward. On Monday, September 11th. With director Alex Winter and filmmaker and Professor of Cinematic Arts at USC, Lisa Leeman.  An event held by the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP).  Filmed by Chris Freeman.












Panel discussion at the Cambridge University Disinformation Summit


Held at Cambridge University as part of their Disinformation Summit 

in late July of 2023. The panel includes producer/director Alex Winter, producer Gale Anne Hurd, social psychology professor and writer Sander van der Linden and moderated by economics professor Hami Amiraslani.  Filmed by Bradley Williams and Adam Heath

from The85.


Panel discussion on Internet harms at Alamo Drafthouse, NYC.

On July 8th, we ended our cross-country theatrical run in New York City.

This is the Q&A after the film, with one of the film’s subjects, attorney Carrie Goldberg, Director Alex Winter, Director of Photography Peter Nicoll, moderated by security

expert Runa Sandvik. Carrie is the author of the acclaimed book, Nobody’s Victim, and

is at the forefront of legal work in the area of sex crimes and internet-based assault

and harm, and has important things to say about the way forward in protecting ourselves online. Filmed by John Morzen.










Director Alex Winter's Keynote at KDocsFF 2023

On May 6th, 2023, Alex gave this talk at the Canadian premiere of the documentary. Outlining the reasons for making the film and what we can all be doing to deal with the challenges that we all face in the digital era.


KDocsFF Joint Panel Discussion: The YouTube Effect &

Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age

Panelists: Avriel Epps-Darling, PhD Candidate, Harvard School of Education;

Guylaine Maroist, Co-director, Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age; Alex Winter,

Director, The YouTube Effect; Carol Todd, Mother of Amanda Todd; Founder, Amanda Todd Legacy Society. Moderated by KDocsFF Founder Janice Morris.


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