Reddit: /r/BoardOfDirectors

Memes? NFL headlines? Donald Trump? Reddit has subreddits for all of these topics. As of this year, Reddit ranks as the 6th most viewed website in the world and the company is not showing any signs of slowing down. Steve Huffman and the rest of the Reddit board seems poised and ready for the new calendar year and expand Reddit’s user base even further, perhaps over taking that of Twitter. But, with growing distrust arising for companies such as Reddit, as seen with Facebook, it will be a challenge to see how this committee navigates a world filled with political struggles, international regulations, and contemplating the very nature of free speech as we know it to be. Similar to Facebook, the company has to deal with a constant barrage of “fake news” or false publications that may mislead its users and therefore the public. Will Reddit take a similar stance to Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg or set a new precedent for similar corporations. The constant fear of false news also leads to questions regarding the recent interference in the 2016 election, and the running of political advertisements, or even further, discussions on political topics, which may lead to hate speech. With all this in mind, it will be the job of the Reddit board to find concrete, yet creative ways to tackle the challenges ahead of them while making sure that the company continues to grow for years to come.


Neil Ming

Hello delegates! My name is Neil Ming, and I’m incredibly honored and excited to be chairing the Reddit: r/BoardofDirectors committee. With an almost entirely user-driven interface, Reddit offers people a platform for unique, authentic content and conversations. However, with this user-friendly experience comes problems as well, namely questions of controversy, privacy, politics, and censorship. I look forward to seeing your innovative solutions to these issues! At Berkeley, I study Molecular and Cellular Biology. I joined UCBMUN the fall of my freshman year and have learned, grown, and gained so much from my time in the club. After being a chair of UCBMUN last year and a VC the year before, I hope to use my experience to make this not only a smooth but also innovative and exciting experience for you all. Aside from MUN, I am a member of Cal Predental Society, teach, and do research on campus. I look forward to meeting you all, and in the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Yours,
Neil Ming
Head Chair, Reddit: /r/BoardOfDirectors



Tasnim Tallman

Delegates! My name is Tasnim Tallman, but you can call me Taz, and I will be your crisis director for Reddit: r/BoardOfDirectors in this year’s UCBMUN. If the r/ in the committee title makes sense to you, then welcome fellow redditor! As Reddit has grown to be the world’s 6th most visited site with almost 550 million monthly visitors, there’s no denying the impact and influence this company and community has. I’m excited to see how the board handles the power and responsibility of running an anonymous platform amongst political tensions, censorship controversies, and a growing distrust for tech companies. Outside of MUN and Reddit, I run a fashion blog for college students called Garb, consult pro bono for non-profit organizations, and am attempting to learn 2 new languages this year. In my free time I love discovering new cafes, dancing at concerts, and constructing the best sandwiches. I’m looking forward to a fast paced, entertaining, and challenging committee...with plenty of reddit humor I hope.

Yours,
Tasnim Tallman
Crisis Director, Reddit: /r/BoardOfDirectors