Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said he wants to host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society, as part of his personal 2019 challenge.
The CEO said he wants to discuss “the opportunities, the challenges, the hopes, and the anxieties” that are in society around the future of technology.
This follows the tumultuous year both he and his social media company had, which included the Cambridge Analytica scandal and being called before US congress because of the data breach.
Usually known for having whimsical goals for the year like learning Mandarin, meeting people in every US state and creating his personal AI, this year Zuckerberg stated he will host forums either publicly or through his own social media sites.
In a Facebook post he wrote, “Every few weeks I’ll talk with leaders, experts, and people in our community from different fields and I’ll try different formats to keep it interesting. These will all be public, either on my Facebook or Instagram pages or on other media.”
He called the upcoming talks “intellectually interesting” saying there is a personal challenge for him too.
“I am an engineer, and I used to just build out my ideas and hope they’d mostly speak for themselves. But given the importance of what we do, that doesn’t cut it anymore.
“So I’m going to put myself out there more than I’ve been comfortable with and engage more in some of these debates about the future, the tradeoffs we face, and where we want to go.”
Zuckerberg hasn’t made any mention if or when these talks will happen.
Twelve months ago the CEO and chairman pledged to “fix Facebook”, following reports of foreign influence on the platform during the 2016 US elections, but things got worse in March when it was revealed over 87 million accounts, including 311,000 Australians, had their data accessed by Cambridge Analytica.
In 2018 Zuckerberg and his colleagues faced US, UK and European governments through various hearings over the scandal, as well as strong scrutiny for global media organistions such as The New York Times and The Guardian.
The last time the CEO hosted a series of public conversations was in 2014 and 2015, taking questions from his users where the idea of “reactions” was first brought up.