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Thursday, May 17 • 09:00 - 10:15
Leveraging Technology to Address Misinformation

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Join us for a discussion about leveraging digital innovation to combat disinformation, including computational propaganda.   

The use of disinformation by malicious actors to interfere in the democratic processes has become a center-stage issue for policy makers and other stake-holders around the world. Serious  reflection about effectively addressing and countering this complex problem is underway and requires input from the full spectrum of stakeholders.  

A key question on everyone's mind is how can we prevent and counter such nefarious activities, while at the same time protecting and promoting human rights, with freedom of expression and other civil and political rights at the forefront?  And while regulation and sanctions loom large, it is an opportune moment to examine how innovation, including digital tools, apps, AI and block chain can be leveraged to protect civil society and democracy.  


Tara Denham

Director, Democracy Unit, Office of Human Rights, Freedoms and Inclusion, Global Affairs Canada, Government of Canada

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Samantha Bradshaw

Oxford Internet Institute
Samantha Bradshaw is a DPhil. candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute, a Researcher on the Computational Propaganda Project, and a Senior Fellow at the Canadian International Council. Prior to moving to Oxford, Samantha worked at the Centre for International Governance Innovation... Read More →
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Lex Gill

Citizen Lab
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Mallory Knodel

Head of Digital, ARTICLE 19
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Hsiang-Sheng (Johnson) Liang

Participant, g0v.tw
I am...- A web developer that works at an Internet company as a day job.- An open-sourced civic tech supporter, participated & founded several projects that facilitates civic participation of democracy.- Going to present Cofacts, the voluntary project I have founded in mid 2016Cofacts... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 09:00 - 10:15 EDT