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Thursday, May 17 • 10:30 - 11:45
Lightning Talks: Responses to Fake News: Blockchain, Critical Thought or Criminalization

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Session Emcee: Nathan White

There is only one solution to the fake news problem...

Speakers: Shane Greenup

The problem with fake news and all forms of misinformation is not the misinformation itself, but the fact that people believe it. The solution to this massive problem lies no in removing or hiding the misinformation, but in changing how people respond to it.

Any proposed solution which focuses on the misinformation itself is destined to fail (it is impossible to stop people from creating and spreading misinformation), or destined to create far greater problems than it solves (if all content online is filtered for truth, then people will learn to believe everything they read).

The only way to solve this problem is to find a solution which creates a constant influence over the global population towards improved critical reading and ability to detect misinformation.

The web itself must become a force for teaching critical thinking skills.

REAL "FAKE NEWS" OR MERE EXPRESSION? : FORGING AN EFFECTIVE HUMAN RIGHTS-BASED RESPONSE TO FAKE NEWS IN SOUTHEAST-ASIA (Advocates for Freedom of Expressiom Coalition - Southeast Asia (AFEC-SEA) and Centre for International Law Philippines (CenterLaw))

Speakers: Gilbert T. Andres

This is a lightning talk on whether or not the criminalization of fake news conforms to international human rights law, and whether there is even a need for anti-fake news laws. The lightning talk will propose a human rights-based approach to the rise of fake news in Southeast Asia, and effective alternatives to criminalization that can be a lesson for the rest of the world.

Fact Checking: Fake News and the Roles of the Press in Africa

Julie Owono

The session is supposed to explore and discuss the potential and dilemmas of the use of fake news online .

Misinformation is about demand, not just supply (News Co/Lab, Cronkite School, ASU)

Speakers: Dan Gillmor

Most of the focus in fighting misinformation has been on the supply side -- fixing journalism; getting dominant tech platforms to behave better; etc. We definitely need better journalism, and a better overall supply of information. But we should not take the dangerous step of making Facebook, Google, et al the editors of the Internet.

As we upgrade supply, we should focus at least as much on the demand side -- upgrading all of us, starting by making critical thinking a lifelong skill -- so that we can judge and understand for ourselves. And we need to do this at scale, by involving educators/librarians, media organizations, and the technology industry.

Information Disorder (Harvard Kennedy School/MIT Media Lab)

 Hossein Derakhshan

Without a shared definition and the right questions, thinking about answers is pointless. Information Disorder is a complex notion which as three types, three phases, and three elements.

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Gilbert T. Andres

AFEC-SEA Chairperson and CenterLaw Deputy Executive Director, Advocates for Freedom of Expression Coalition-Southeast Asia (AFEC-SEA) and Center for International Law (CenterLaw Phil
Gilbert T. Andres is a Deputy Executive Director of the Center for International Law Philippines (CenterLaw), a human rights and rule of law NGO based in the Philippines. He is the Chairperson of the Advocates for Freedom of Expression Coalition-Southeast Asia (AFEC-SEA), a regional... Read More →
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Hossein Derakhshan

Researcher, LSE /MIT Media Lab
Hossein Derakhshan is an Iranian-Canadian author and media researcher, as well as a pioneer of blogging, podcasts and tech journalism in Iran for which he spent six years in prison until 2014. The experience inspired an essay on the demise of blogs, titled “The Web We Have to Save... Read More →
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Dan Gillmor

Professor, Arizona State University
Dan Gillmor teaches, writes, and speaks on the development of media and technology. At Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, he teaches digital media literacy and promotes entrepreneurship in journalism. He is author of We the Media... Read More →
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Shane Greenup

CEO, rbutr
Misinformation, fake news, critical thinking, skepticism, blockchain, open access, open source, and much more.
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Julie Owono

Executive Director, Internet Sans Frontieres
I work at the intersection of Tech, Human Rights, Business.I am a lawyer, and the Executive Director of Internet Without Borders, an organisation defending digital rights, and an open Internet for all.

Thursday May 17, 2018 10:30 - 11:45 EDT