COVID-19: Misinformation, Disinformation and What to Do About It

Every disease outbreak also comes with an ‘infodemic’ of misinformation and disinformation, and COVID-19 is no exception. Fake medical advice, unproven treatments, and conspiracy theories abound.

How should we stem the tide of misleading information, and what role should tools like AI play in the process? Join disinformation researchers Dave Troy, Sara-Jayne Terp, Monika Richter and Renne DiResta as they discuss these topics with a panel of experts in this Episode of the AI for Good Webinar Series.

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

    Dave Troy is a tech entrepreneur and disinformation researcher. He began studying social media data in 2007, and has been acknowledged as the first developer to use the Twitter API. His data visualization work has been featured in the 2008 exhibition “Design and the Elastic Mind” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and at TED. He is also curator of TEDxMidAtlantic in Washington, D.C. since 2009, and is based in Baltimore, Maryland. Dave serves as CEO and product architect at 410 Labs, maker of the popular e-mail management tools and Chuck. In the area of disinformation research, his work focuses on the intersection of sociology, network science, and political science. This spring, he curated TEDxMidAtlantic: Info20/20, an event focused on information integrity and cognitive security in partnership with the University of Maryland and The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Research Laboratory.
    Disinformation lead, CTI League; Chair, CogSecCollab
    Bodacea Light Industries
    Sara-Jayne Terp is the founder of Bodacea Light Industries, a company focused the application of information security principles towards countering misinformation, including but limited to information security-based misinformation reporting and response standards. In addition, she serves as the co-chair for the Credibility Coalition's MisinfoSec Working Group and is leading the effort to develop a framework for understanding organized communication attacks. Prior to this role, she was involved in the development of an independent disinformation rating system with the Global Disinformation Index, served as the Chief Platform Architect for UN Global Pulse and was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University teaching Data Science for Development and Social Change among other courses.
    Trust and Technical Research Manager
    Stanford Internet Observatory
    Renée DiResta is a Trust and Technical Research Manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory and 2019 Mozilla Fellow in Media, Misinformation. She investigates the spread of malign narratives across social networks, and assists policymakers in understanding and responding to the problem. She has advised Congress, the State Department, and other academic, civic, and business organizations, and has studied disinformation and computational propaganda in the context of pseudoscience conspiracies, terrorism, and state-sponsored information warfare. Renée regularly writes and speaks about the role that tech platforms and curatorial algorithms play in the proliferation of disinformation and conspiracy theories. She is an Ideas contributor at Wired. Her tech industry writing, analysis, talks, and data visualizations have been featured or covered by numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Fast Company, Politico, TechCrunch, Wired, Slate, Forbes, Buzzfeed, The Economist, Journal of Commerce, and more.
    East Stratcom Task Force
    European External Action Service
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17 Apr 2020


CEST, Geneva
18:00 - 19:30