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Steven Levy [CANCELED]

presents

Facebook:
The Inside Story

in conversation with LAWRENCE LESSIG

Please Note: This event has been canceled.

Date

Mar
13
Friday
March 13, 2020
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

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This event is free; no tickets are required.

Update

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope to reschedule. 


Harvard Book Store welcomes Wired editor-at-large STEVEN LEVY for a discussion of his latest book, Facebook: The Inside Story. He will be joined in conversation by author and Harvard Law professor LAWRENCE LESSIG.

About Facebook: The Inside Story

In his sophomore year of college, Mark Zuckerberg created a simple website to serve as a campus social network. The site caught on like wildfire, and soon students nationwide were on Facebook.

Today, Facebook is nearly unrecognizable from Zuckerberg’s first, modest iteration. It has grown into a tech giant, the largest social media platform and one of the most gargantuan companies in the world, with a valuation of more than $576 billion and almost 3 billion users, including those on its fully owned subsidiaries, Instagram and WhatsApp. There is no denying the power and omnipresence of Facebook in American daily life. And in light of recent controversies surrounding election-influencing “fake news” accounts, the handling of its users’ personal data, and growing discontent with the actions of its founder and CEO, never has the company been more central to the national conversation.

Based on hundreds of interviews inside and outside the company, Levy’s sweeping narrative digs deep into the whole story of the company that has changed the world and reaped the consequences.

Praise for Facebook: The Inside Story

“Steven Levy is the founding guru of technology journalism. Few other writers can harness both access to top figures and critical insight informed by decades of reporting on Silicon Valley. His Facebook book will be a blockbuster, a penetrating account of the momentous consequences of a reckless young company with the power to change the world.” —Brad Stone, author of The Everything Store and The Upstarts

“The social-media behemoth Facebook comes across as an idealistic but also shady, exploitative, and increasingly beleaguered entity in this clear-eyed history . . . Levy had extensive access to Facebook employees and paints a revealing and highly critical portrait of the company as it wrangled with charges that it violated users’ privacy by sharing their data with advertisers and political operatives, and served as a vector for manipulative fake news, pro-Trump Russian propaganda, and hate speech.” —Publishers Weekly

“Respected tech writer Levy (In the Plex, 2011) presents the definitive story of Facebook . . . Given unfettered access to Zuckerberg and the company during the last three years, Levy is able to illustrate how the company developed under the influence of Zuckerberg’s acknowledged hypercompetitiveness . . . This absorbing book will inspire important conversations about big tech and privacy in the twenty-first century.” —Booklist

Lawrence Lessig
Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, host of the podcast Another Way, and co-founder of Creative Commons. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and the author of twelve books, including Republic, Lost. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Steven Levy
Steven Levy

Steven Levy

Steven Levy is Wired’s editor at large. His previous positions include founder of Backchannel and chief technology writer and senior editor for Newsweek. Levy has written seven previous books and his work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Harper’s Magazine, Macworld, the New York Times Magazine, Esquire, the New Yorker, and Premiere.

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