Samantha Lai

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Samantha Lai is a Research Assistant within the Center for Technology Innovation at The Brookings Institution.

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TechTank: Taylor Lorenz on Gen Z, Influencer Culture and the Future of Social Media

Social media has become a hot topic over recent months, as the failure of companies to handle algorithmic discrimination, the spread of misinformation and the exploitation of children have translated to adverse societal harms. However, when considering how to regulate and resolve existing problems, it is interesting to examine how teens, the most tech-savvy population of all, have been navigating the internet. Which social media platforms do Gen-Zers prefer, and how do they navigate platform algorithms?


TechTank: How to Build Back Better With Telehealth

The COVID-19 pandemic has facilitated the unprecedented growth of telehealth, with a 78-times increase in use from February 2020 to April 2021. And even as widespread vaccination of the American public has lowered the risk for people to go back to in-person doctor’s appointments, many continue to utilize telehealth services.