Facts or Fiction? Misinformation, Media and the Canadian Election

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Vancouver Public Library, Central Library

Alice MacKay Room

350 West Georgia Street

Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1

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Canadians are concerned about disinformation, media and our democracy.

A recent poll from the Strengthening Canadian Democracy Initiative found that...

71% of Canadians think social media increases the risk of foreign interference in our elections and 70% think it increases the risk of manipulation by politicians. While just over half of Canadians feel that fake news is having an impact on the confidence Canadians have in their government institutions.

Are these concerns founded?

With the federal election campaign in its final stretch, we wanted to hear from journalists and scholars of media and democracy about what has actually happened this election cycle in mainstream media coverage and on social media.

Join us early on Thursday, October 17 at the Vancouver Public Library. Registration will begin at 7:30am and a free breakfast will be served. Our program will begin at 8am with a discussion about misinformation, media and Canadian democracy and will include the following panelists:

Ahmed Al-Rawi - Director of The Disinformation Project that empirically examines fake news discourses in Canada on social media and mainstream media.

Jagdeesh Mann - a Jack Webster Award winning journalist and media professional based in Vancouver. His current startup is Sunflower Media, a digital boutique that specialises in multicultural marketing, and editorial.

Lindsay Sample - Editorial director at The Discourse, an award-winning digital news media company that provides in-depth journalism in local communities.

Francesca Fionda - an investigative journalist covering data breaches, privacy and misinformation for the podcast Attention Control.

Stephanie Wood - Steph Kwetásel’wet Wood is a citizen of the Skwxwú7mesh Nation and contributes to the First Nations Forward series at the National Observer. The National Observer is leading the Election Integrity Reporting Project to provide nonpartisan fact checks and investigations on disinformation and the rise of hate.


The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Jennifer Wolowic, Project Manager for SFU’s Strengthening Canadian Democracy Initiative.




PANELISTS:



Ahmed Al-Rawi

Ahmed Al-Rawi is an Assistant Professor of Social Media, News, and Public Communication at the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, Canada. He is the Director of the Disinformation Project that empirically examines fake news discourses in Canada on social media and mainstream media. His research expertise is related to global communication, news, social media, and the Middle East with emphasis on critical theory. He authored three books and over fifty peer reviewed book chapters and articles published in a variety of journals like Information, Communication & Society, Online Information Review, Social Science Computer Review, Telematics & Informatics, Social Media+Society, and Journalism.



Jagdeesh Mann

Mann is a Jack Webster Award winning journalist and media professional based in Vancouver. For a decade he was a partner (Executive Editor) in a media startup that published the Asian Pacific Post, and South Asian Post - independent weeklies serving Vancouver's multicultural communities. Jagdeesh remains a regular contributor to various Canadian news outlets: The Toronto Star, Georgia Straight, Globe & Mail, Canadaland, and others. His current startup is Sunflower Media, a digital boutique that specialises in multicultural marketing, and editorial.


Lindsay Sample

Lindsay Sample is the editorial director at The Discourse, an award-winning digital news media company that provides in-depth journalism in local communities. Lindsay has shaped The Discourse's editorial process, executed large partnerships, published research on the state of the industry and is working to build a new model for community-engaged journalism in Canada. Previously, Lindsay was an investigative journalist for CBC Marketplace for three years. She's also completed stints at CBC Radio's As It Happens, produced a radio documentary for The Current, and produced videos for The New York Times.



Francesca Fionda

is an investigative journalist covering data breaches, privacy and misinformation for the podcast Attention Control. She’s worked with investigative teams at Global News and CBC and at the community-driven start up The Discourse. Her reporting has covered fake Indigenous art in the tourism industry, BC’s child welfare system and Canada’s mobile workforce and earned nominations and awards from the Websters, the Online News Association, Canadian Association of Journalists, Canadian Screen Awards, Radio Television Digital News Association and the New York Festivals Worlds.



Stephanie Wood

Steph Kwetásel’wet Wood contributes to the First Nations Foward series and covers other important issues in British Columbia. She is a citizen of the Skwxwú7mesh Nation, and she hopes to share stories about empowerment, arts, sustainability and justice. She has also worked with The Tyee, Media Indigena, CBC, and CiTR 101.9 FM. She earned a Master of Journalism at the University of British Columbia.


MODERATOR:



Dr. Jennifer Wolowic

Project Manager for SFU’s Strengthening Canadian Democracy Initiative

Jennifer leads one of SFU’s strategic initiatives to create a more resilient democratic culture by encouraging Canadians, across different communities, to identify as democratic champions and align their values with their behaviors. The initiative supports existing social infrastructure such as libraries, universities, and community organizations to expand their skills for bringing people together towards solutions. Jennifer’s work also reminds citizens why democracy matters and increase participation in the decision making systems that affect us all.

Jennifer joined SFU’s Centre for Dialogue in 2019 with a background in cultural anthropology and media studies. She’s spent 15 years working with diverse communities along the west coast in the United States and Canada.




Registration Disclaimer:

As this event is free, and free events routinely have a high number of no-shows, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full event, registration may not guarantee entry. Seating is limited and will be available to registered attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.

Venue Infrmation:

The Central Library is located in Library Square at 350 West Georgia Street and is accessible by several bus lines and is a 7-minute walk from City Centre (Canada Line) and Stadium Stations (Expo Line / Millennium Line) on Granville Street.

The Alice MacKay Room is located on the Lower Level of Library Square.

Bike racks

There are bike racks on the left of the North entrance and on the far left of the south entrance

Car parking

The entrance to the Easy Park parking garage below the library building is on Hamilton Street (near Robson Street). There are specially designated handicapped parking stalls beside doors to the elevators in the parking garage. Two hour meter parking is available around Library Square.

Washrooms

There are public washrooms on the Lower Level of Library Square, outside the Alice MacKay room.

Wheelchair Accessibility

The Lower Level of Library Square is wheelchair accessible.


If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility, feel free to connect with us at psqevent@sfu.ca or 778-782-5959. If you require ASL or other language interpretation please submit this request no later than 3 weeks in advance.


We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.





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