MisinfoCon London: A Global Summit on Misinformation

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THE PROBLEM

Misinformation, and increasingly disinformation, is distorting people’s ability to make sense of the world around them, threatening the democratic process around the globe. While not a new phenomenon, the problem is compounded by both the speed that information travels in our networked world, and the technological and cultural “filter bubbles” that we live our lives in. This is a problem that impacts all of us.

ABOUT MISINFOCON

We are a community of people focused on the challenge of misinformation and what can be done to address it. Our physical gatherings seeks to strengthen the trustworthiness of information across the entire news ecosystem: journalism, platform, community, verification, fact checking and reader experience.

We bring together participants from different backgrounds because our goal is to connect leaders and catalyze actionable steps on how the various sectors can work together.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Building on the strength of our initial gathering at MIT in February, MisinfoCon is back - this time in London as part of the MozFest pre-week activities. Brought to you again by the Hacks/Hackers Foundation, this event will be produced in collaboration with the recently announced Mozilla Information Trust Initiative and will feature a consortium of powerful players in international policy, technology and media literacy.

Some of our featured participants include:

  • Cathleen Berger, Global Engagement Lead, Mozilla Germany

  • George Brock, Professor of Journalism, City University London

  • Samantha Burton, Director of Insights, Mozilla Foundation

  • Dan Gillmor, Professor of Practice, Arizona State University

  • Orit Kopel, Co-founder and VP Business Development, WikiTribune

  • Chris Lawrence, VP, Leadership Network, Mozilla Foundation

  • Barbara McCormack, VP of Education, Newseum

  • An Xiao Mina, Director of Product, Meedan

  • Lisa-Maria Neudert, Researcher, Oxford Internet Institute

  • Jason Reifler, Professor of Political Science, University of Exeter

  • Connie Moon Sehat, NewsFrames Director, Global Voices

  • Dan Shefet, Attorney, Cabinet Shefet

  • Mark Surman, Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation

  • Claire Wardle, Strategy & Research Director, First Draft News

The gathering will aim to contribute something unique into the movement of people working on solutions to misinformation. For this event, we’ve identified three areas that we believe are critical to work on together:

  • Literacy and critical thinking: What is the potential to address misinformation starting in the classroom, from elementary school to university? What role do libraries, galleries, afterschool programs, nonprofits and public spaces play? How should platforms and newsrooms respond? And what does “literacy at scale” look like to help the millions of people who are just coming online?

  • Geopolitical responses to misinformation: What are the policy and regulatory implications of each of these responses? What do they look like and how do they vary from region to region? What promising strategies exist that could be experimented with elsewhere, or globally?

  • Data and metrics: What data is needed to help understand the problem? Is that data available? If not, what are the opportunity to make data available, either openly or in a way that is accessible to researchers? How can open data initiatives, researchers, and platforms work together, instead of at odds?

For each of these themes, we're featuring key people and organizations who can help us understand the state of play, and then — in typical MisinfoCon tradition — we’ll break into smaller groups to make practical, tangible progress on each of these areas.

Questions? Please get in touch.

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