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Jun 26

Past Event

The “Town Square” in the Social Media Era: A Conversation with Twitter CEO Dick Costolo

Event Materials



  • Clear Policy Around Access to User Data

    Dick Costolo, Twitter CEO: We've been very clear about having a principled policy around access to user data. For valid legal requests in countries in which we operate, we abide by the rule of law, and we are transparent about the requests we get.

  • Twitter's Global Reach

    Dick Costolo, Twitter CEO: We have every belief inside the company that we have an obligation to reach every person on the planet, and we'll do everything we can to get to them.

  • A Forum for Discussion With Experts

    Dick Costolo, Twitter CEO: One of the fascinating things about Twitter is that, irrespective of subject matter, the domain experts are having great public conversations.


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On June 26, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings hosted a moderated discussion with Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, Inc. The conversation centered on Costolo’s vision for the company, as well as his views on freedom of expression and Twitter’s role in entertainment, politics, news and world events. Introduced by President of the Brookings Institution, Strobe Talbott, and moderated by Brookings Senior Fellow Jonathan Rauch, the discussion also focused on how Twitter is reshaping what Costolo terms the “global town square.”

With more than one billion Tweets sent out every two days, Twitter is revolutionizing modern communications and shaping discourse on public issues that range from NSA data-mining to same-sex marriage. What does the future hold for the company?

Twitter Follow the discussion at #TwitterCEO

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo speaks at Brookings

Read more on the conversation with Dick Costolo on the Brookings Up Front Blog »

Event Agenda


June 26, 2013

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorum

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW


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SERIES: Leadership Series | Number 13