Craig Newmark founded Craigslist in San Francisco in 1995. It was an immediate sensation, and has become one of the busiest digital marketplaces in the world, currently covering 70 countries. His attention however, has most recently turned to protecting the future of democracy, focusing most specifically on the organized disinformation programs that are designed to confuse and divide the public.
Newmark sat down with Errol Louis for a discussion about how the ongoing threat to democracy is incredibly serious. So serious that he has put up $250 million of his own money to help defend against it. The conversation also touched on what we as individuals can do to get involved, the power of TikTok and the uncertain future of journalism. And as a recent transplant to New York City, Newmark also commented on the importance of supporting institutions like CUNY and the 92nd Street Y, New York.
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