Democracy and Disinformation - An Expert Panel Discussion

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Museum für Kommunikation

Helvetiastrasse 16

3000 Bern

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Digital technologies present new opportunities and challenges for our democracies. With the widespread use of social media along with artificial intelligence, bots, and big data we see disinformation and misinformation spreading much faster than ever before and to a much larger audience. Disinformation erodes trust and polarizes debates; it is a threat to our democracies. Safeguarding the integrity of information is an essential aspect of our efforts to ensure democratic resilience.

In honour of International Day of Democracy, the Embassy of Canada together with the British Embassy and media partner SWI swissinfo.ch will host an expert panel discussion about online disinformation - how it works, what it means for democracy and what we can do about it.

17h30 networking apero including free access to the museum

18h30 expert panel presentations and a Q & A.

Experts:

Sam Bradshaw | Oxford Internet Institute - Computational Propaganda Project

Sam’s work examines government use of social media for coordinated digital disinformation campaigns. Sam tweets from @sbradshaww

Fabrizio Gilardi | Professor of Policy Analysis, University of Zürich

Fabrizio studies policy diffusion, gender & politics, and digital democracy. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Digital Democracy Lab. Fabrizio tweets from @fgilardi

Moderated by:

Geraldine Wong Sak Hoi | Journalist - Project Coordinator

Geraldine studies rumours on social media as part of a collaborative research project known as Pheme. She also coordinates the‘Fact Checks by swissinfo.ch’ dossier, covering political (mis)statements about Switzerland, and writes on other disinformation topics. Geraldine tweets from @geraldinewrites

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