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Thursday, May 17 • 16:00 - 17:00
Is it misinformation or persuasion that is the problem?

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The current discourse around propaganda and misinformation is generally simplified to issues of fake news and the struggling state of modern media - this needs to be expanded. Organized persuasive communications - involving misinformation - is spread through complex systems and the topic needs to be tackled systematically. This session is aimed at expanding awareness of this issue, and the actors benefiting from the use of such communications, ultimately to help inform creative decision making on the issue. The session uses a Knowledge Cafe format, opening with a state setting introduction, providing participants with four questions to consider.

• Who benefits from the spread of propaganda?
• Should journalism be the arbiter of information? How so?
• Should propaganda be regulated? How so?
• Who is most at risk from propaganda? How can they be helped?

Participants are broken out into smaller groups to tackle questions in four rotations. With each new session one person stays behind to join a new group, to help spread ideas from one group to another, while the rest move on. A facilitator helps each group aggregate notes.

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Alicia Wanless

Director of Strategic Communications, SecDev Foundation
Alicia researches how we shape — and are shaped — by a changing information space. As the Director of Strategic Communications at The SecDev Foundation, Alicia develops campaigns and strategies for engaging beneficiaries in outreach and behavioural change. Her work includes developing... Read More →

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Brittan Heller

Director of Technology and Society, ADL\\\'s Center for Technology and Society
I'm the director of the Center for Technology and Society. CTS focuses on combatting cyberhate and translating civil rights into a digital environment. How do we we ensure justice and fair treatment for all in the internet age? | | We have programmatic focuses on AR/VR; gaming; AI... Read More →
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David O'Brien

Senior Researcher, Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University
I'm a senior researcher at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, where I direct privacy and cybersecurity related research projects. I'm a lawyer by way of background, but that's a small part of who I am and how I think. | | I'm interested in everything from encryption... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 16:00 - 17:00

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