The Social Life of Misinformation: A Challenge

19 October 2021

Online

All information, true or false, has a social life. The ways each of us encounters, believes in, spreads, and produces information has its roots in our emotions, our personal histories, and the people we care about and respond to in our communities. Since attempting to fight disinformation must address these social roots in order to succeed, what can journalists and scientists do beyond fact-checking?

This panel discussion will convene successful disinformation fighters from Kenya and India as well as librarians, civic dialogue conveners, and experts on disinformation production to explain the social and psychological reasons why some people buy into disinformation narratives, and explore how we might more effectively change their minds.

Speakers:

  • Christopher Tuckwood, Sentinel Project (GAAMAC partner)
  • Sebit Martin (Hagiga Wahid), co-founder and Executive Director of the Community Development Centre, South Sudan
  • Barbara Fister, writer
  • Gillian “Gus” Andrews (moderator), public educator, writer, and researcher

This event is organized by the NGO Frontline Defender.

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