The Present and Future of Misinformation in Canada | Media Ecosystem Observatory

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 12:45to13:30

A roundtable focused on misinformation challenges in Canada and what, if anything, we can do about it.

This year has been marked by an influx of misinformation, from truckers motivated by COVID-19 medical misinformation to Russian information warfare and conspiracies about Ukrainian biolabs. Join an expert panel of journalists, academics, and other defenders against misinformation to share what they have learned, how it threatens democracy, and how we can combat it.

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Roundtable Participants

Justin Ling. Justin Ling is an award-winning investigative journalist who specializes in stories that are under-reported or misunderstood. He focuses on stories around misinformation, conspiracy theories, extremism, policing, and national security.

Gallit Dobner from Global Affairs Canada. Gallit Dobner is Director of the Centre for International Digital Policy at Global Affairs Canada, with responsibility for the G7 Rapid Response Mechanism to counter foreign threats to democracy as well as broader issues at the intersection of foreign policy and technology.

Colette Brin from Université Laval. Colette Brin is a full professor in the Department of Information and Communication at Université Laval and Director of the Centre for Media Studies. D. in political science from Université Laval and a former journalist by profession, Colette Brin's research has focused on a variety of contemporary issues facing news organizations, from newsroom convergence and declining journalistic staffing to online public information practices and misinformation.

Holly Ann Garnett from Royal Military College. Holly Garnett is an Associate Professor of Political Science and co-director of the Electoral Integrity Project, an independent academic research project that focuses on the democratic quality of elections around the globe and how they can be improved. Her research examines how electoral integrity can be strengthened throughout the electoral cycle, including election technology and cyber-security, civic literacy, dis-information, electoral management, registration and voting procedures, and campaign finance.

Aengus Bridgman from McGill University. Aengus Bridgman is the Director of the Media Ecosystem Observatory and one of Canada’s leading experts on digital politics, misinformation, and the political consequences of social media. His research focuses on understanding how we consume information matters for how we think and act politically. His work has been published in numerous leading political science journals.

The roundtable will be held Tuesday, March 29th at 12:00 EDT on Zoom. The link will be shared with registered attendees in advance.

This event is moderated by Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy Director, Taylor Owen, who is the Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications and an Associate Professor at the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University.


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