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PEACETALKS #41: Democracy vs. Disinformation - What does it mean for Canada...

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Presented by Vancouver nonprofit PeaceGeeks

Doors open - Food & mingling starts @ 5:30 PM
Talk starts @ 6 PM

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ABOUT THIS TALK

From targeted ads to campaign bots, it’s become harder than ever to differentiate between fact and misinformation online.

As Canadians prepare to hit the polls this October, how ready are we to make an informed vote?

A recent survey conducted by the Canadian Journalism Foundation found that 40% of respondents struggle to differentiate between real and false news stories. And many will recall the robocall scandal of the 2011 elections, directing Ontario voters to erroneous polling locations.

Meanwhile, Facebook Canada has refused to take down doctored content during the federal election campaign, whilst its CEO and COO Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg have ignored the subpoena to testify before the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy in Ottawa.

So, is Canada’s democracy immune from digital interference?

To answer these questions and more:

PeaceGeeks is proud to present Democracy vs. Disinformation: What does it mean for Canada’s election?, the 41st installment of our PeaceTalks speaker series tackling critical issues at the intersection of peace and technology.

Join us for an open conversation with:

  • John Gray, Co-founder of Mentionmapp and Misinfosec Working Group (Lead Contributor) at Credibility Coalition

  • Lindsay Sample, Manager Editor at The Discourse

  • Chris Tenove, post-doctoral researcher at UBC

  • Moderated by videojournalist Nadia Stewart of Global BC

In this informative and timely panel, we navigate how public opinion has been and is being manipulated online, and what Canadians can do to safeguard the integrity of our democratic processes.

Tickets are free or by donation. Drinks and refreshments will be provided.


BRING YOUR GRIPE

Have you encountered that weird uncle/parent/friend who shares harmful or false content online? How do you deal with it? We want to make sure you leave with actionable next steps. Come to the talk with your personal experience or complaint about confronting challenging conversations online, and let’s figure out how we can move forward together. And of course, come with questions!


MEET THE SPEAKERS

JOHN GRAY is a Misinfosec Analyst who through his roles with the Credibility Coalition and his company Mentionmapp Analytics researches suspect behaviors and persistent threats operating throughout the information landscape. He thinks that “the bad guys are winning because they have a playbook and toss aside the rulebook, while the good guys read the rulebook but have no playbook.” John's researched and written multiple case studies about synthetic online behaviors and disinformation. He's co-authored the paper “#Kremlin: Using Hashtags to Analyze Russian Disinformation and Audience Engagement” (to be presented at the 2019 American Political Science Association conference) and has collaborated with journalists and publications including Reuters (2019 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting: "Myanmar Burning") and Wired. John has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Communications) and a B.A. (English) both from Simon Fraser University.

LINDSAY SAMPLE is the managing editor 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.

CHRIS TENOVE is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia. He teaches and conducts research on the use of digital technologies in politics, focusing on issues of democratic integrity, international relations, political theory and public policy. In November 2018 the Public Policy Forum published a report he co-authored with Heidi Tworek and Fenwick McKelvey, called Poisoning Democracy: How Canada Can Address Harmful Speech Online. Dr. Tenove previously worked as a journalist. His features have appeared Maclean’s, The Walrus, Canadian Geographic, Adbusters, Vancouver, Reader’s Digest Canada, the Globe and Mail, The Tyee, and the National Post. As a broadcaster, his documentaries have appeared on CBC Ideas, the Radio Netherlands World Service, and This American Life.

NADIA STEWART (Moderator) works as a videojournalist with Global News in Vancouver and has since 2014. She’s spent the last 15 years working in community and local television, with Rogers TV, CBC and The Weather Network, in Ontario, Newfoundland, Alberta and now B.C.



ABOUT PEACETALKS

PeaceTalks are a signature speaker series started by Vancouver non-profit PeaceGeeks, with the aim of engaging Canadians on discussions of critical and timely topics related to peace, human rights and tech.

This PeaceTalk is supported by the Digital Rights Community Grant Program, a partnership between Digital Justice Lab, Tech Reset Canada, and Centre for Digital Rights.

Special thanks to community partners: Amnesty International, SFU International, SFU Public Square


ABOUT PEACEGEEKS

PeaceGeeks is a nonprofit based in Vancouver, Canada and Amman, Jordan that builds digital tools to empower communities in the pursuit of peace. We recently released the first version of Arrival Advisor, a free, multilingual mobile app that helps immigrants and refugees access services and information to get started in British Columbia. Our team in Jordan also runs Meshkat Community, our community-based program supporting youth and communities-at-risk with skills, resources, and networks to amplify voices for peace and combat harmful speech in online spaces. Learn more at peacegeeks.org.


ABOUT DIGITAL JUSTICE LAB

The Digital Justice Lab works alongside technologists, community activists, and policymakers to shape a better understanding of technology and its impact on communities across the country. Through capacity building, public engagement and continuous collaboration they support communities in making informed decisions around digital issues.


ABOUT TECH RESET CANADA

Tech Reset Canada is a group of business people, technologists, and other residents advocating for innovative technology and policies that are focused on maximizing the public good.


ABOUT CENTRE FOR DIGITAL RIGHTS

The Centre for Digital Rights is a not-for-profit that aims to promote public awareness of digital rights issues related to the data-driven economy. It works to build capacity within communities to support broader engagement on issues of digital rights. It also seeks to raise policymakers understanding of advanced technology and its impact on civic values and individual rights.





GETTING HERE

The HiVE is a social impact coworking space, located at 210-128 W. Hastings St. (Open in Google Maps) and is a short walk from Waterfront and Stadium-Chinatown Skytrain stations, as well as various bus stops. We are the door next to Body Energy Club on Hastings, buzz #210 to enter, and proceed to the first door up the stairs on your left.


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Reach us at media@peacegeeks.org.

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwxwú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.

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