Open invite - March 15, New York

18 February 2005

For the past year or so, openDemocracy's New York office has be co-sponsoring events with the New York Society for Ethical Culture.

If you happen to be in New York, you should join us for a debate on the merits and de-merits of privatising social security, on 15 March at 7:30-8pm with author and columnist Paul Krugman, Michael Tanner (from The Cato Institute, and one of the architects  of Bush's current social security plans), and Joshua Micah Marshall from TalkingPointsMemo.com.

It's free to the public, and the auditorium seats about 800, but I recommend coming early. At the last event we turned several hundred people away for lack of space. The address is New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W 64th Street, New York, NY (on the corner of Central Park West).

We held the last event just after the US presidential election with Richard Clarke, America's former counter-terrorism advisor, Amy Goodman, radio host of Democracy Now!, Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, and Esther Kaplan, author of With God on Their Side. Have a look at the webcast of the complete event (ooh, video). Clarke says may things about US national security (and nuclear threats) that are just as relevant today.

How can Americans fight dark money and disinformation?

Violence, corruption and cynicism threaten America's flagging democracy. Joe Biden has promised to revive it – but can his new administration stem the flow of online disinformation and shady political financing that has eroded the trust of many US voters?

Hear from leading global experts and commentators on what the new president and Congress must do to stem the flood of dark money and misinformation that is warping politics around the world.

Join us on Thursday 21 January, 5pm UK time/12pm EST.

Hear from:

Emily Bell Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism and director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

Anoa Changa Journalist focusing on electoral justice, social movements and culture

Peter Geoghegan openDemocracy investigations editor and author of 'Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics'

Josh Rudolph Fellow for Malign Finance at the Alliance for Securing Democracy

Chair: Mary Fitzgerald Editor-in-chief, openDemocracy 

Further speakers to be announced

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