Optimizing for Engagement: Understanding the Use of Persuasive Technology on Internet Platforms

Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet

Senate Commerce Committee

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 3:00pm

The hearing will examine how algorithmic decision-making and machine learning on internet platforms might be influencing the public. Witnesses will provide insight on ways technology companies use algorithms and machine learning to influence outcomes, and whether algorithm transparency or algorithm explanation are appropriate policy responses.


  • Mr. Tristan Harris, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Center for Humane Technology
  • Ms. Rashida Richardson, Director of Policy Research, AI Now Institute
  • Ms. Maggie Stanphill, Director, Google User Experience, Google, Inc.
  • Dr. Stephen Wolfram, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Wolfram Research

Hart Senate Office Building
120 Constitution Ave NE Room 216
Washington , DC 20002