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French Series - Disinformation & Democracies

Embassy of France to the United States

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

French Series - Disinformation & Democracies

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How can we make our democracies resilient against disinformation?

The threat posed by the manipulation of information has sparked growing awareness and concern in both Europe and the U.S. The manipulation of information can polarize debates, create or deepen tensions in society and undermine electoral systems.  Such malign practices and actors harm our democracies by eroding trust in institutions and in the media, and eventually by hampering the ability of citizens to make informed decisions. Sometimes, though, attempts by a foreign entity to interfere in democratic processes fail, as was the case during the 2017 French presidential election.


 What lessons can be learned from successful experiences of countering disinformation campaigns?  How can we address the issues of fake news and disinformation campaigns while preserving our democratic values? How can we make democratic societies and media more resilient against disinformation? How can transatlantic cooperation be strengthened to combat the manipulation of information? Should social media be regulated?


The Embassy of France is pleased to invite you to our next French Series panel discussion event which will be moderated by:


Indira Lakshmanan - Executive Editor of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Columnist for The Boston Globe



John F. Lansing - Chief Executive Officer and Director of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (formerly the Broadcasting Board of Governors)


Dipayan Ghosh - Pozen Fellow at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard Kennedy School



Jean-Baptiste J. Vilmer - Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies (French Ministry for Armed Forces)



Program of the evening:

6 pm - 6:45 pm: Panel discussion

6:45 pm - 7:30 pm: Q&A




Frequently Asked Questions:


1) When do the doors open at the Embassy?

The doors for this event will open at 5:30 p.m.


2) What do I need to enter the Embassy?

You will need a valid photo ID


3) Can I park in the Embassy parking lot?

Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate visitors in the Embassy parking lot. However, there is substantial space to park on the Embassy's street, Reservoir Road.


4) Are there any items that are not allowed at the Embassy? 

Yes. Please be advised that for security reasons, Embassy staff and security services cannot allow large bags or backpacks to be brought onto Embassy grounds. Any large bags will be confiscated at the entrance gate before the owner can be granted entry.





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La Maison Française at the Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC 20007

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

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