• About MisinfoCon

    Building on the strength and momentum of our highly popular MisinfoCon events which have taken place at MIT and in London, Kyiv, and Washington DC, we’re thrilled to announce that MisinfoCon 6.0 will be taking place on Wednesday, October 23 in London, UK at the Royal Society of the Arts.

     

    Hosted by the Mozilla and Hacks/Hackers, this event will highlight UK and European researchers, ideas and solutions. Featuring a consortium of powerful players in international policy, technology, journalism, and media literacy, this gathering will help make important strides in exploring the implications of misinformation across the web, and identifying methods of fighting it.

    MisinfoCon London

    This year, MisinfoCon London will focus on the challenges that misinformation raises for civil society in three areas: elections, media literacy, and algorithmic society. We invite the policy, academic, research and technology community to join us in learning about current projects and initiatives and brainstorm practical applications or recommendations related to these topics.

    • Misinformation and elections: Whether due to social media echo chambers or direct cyber attacks, the role of misinformation and disinformation has had a disturbing presence in elections around the world. Concerns around these phenomena and their possible influence have risen sharply in the EU contexts in recent years. Recognizing this as a significant issue, significant outstanding questions include:
      • What does it mean to observe misinformation and disinformation in the framework of obligations for a democratic election? 
      • When does misinformation or disinformation undermine the integrity of the electoral process?
    • Misinformation and the the algorithmic society:  The algorithmic society has been defined as “a society organized around social and economic decision-making by algorithms, robots, and AI agents.” It requires data, which can be misleading on its own. This challenge is further complicated by misinformation and disinformation. Given increasing centrality and importance of data for economies and societies, what are the issues we need to be aware of in terms of shaping future developments? What current initiatives are helping understand these complicated issues better?
    • Misinformation and media literacy: While detection and prevention of future large-scale manipulation efforts is critical, so too are media literacy efforts related to the general inoculation of the public to misinformation campaigns. Finland, recently deemed as the most resilient to disinformation according to the Open Society Institute’s Media Literacy Index, has been held up as a model for its multi-level approach to media literacy education. What are the various ways that media literacy efforts are addressing the challenge of misinformation, and how can we know when they are successful? 

    The day will be divided into two parts:

    • Morning lightning talks around the three topic areas and afternoon breakout sessions into workshops (designed/run by Mozilla); and 
    • Roundtables that focus on connecting and sharing among participants in the three areas.  Opportunities for “unconferenced” roundtables will also be available.

     

  • 2019 Agenda

    Speakers & Workshops Listed Below

    9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

    Breakfast & Registration

    10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

    Plenary Session | Algorithmic Society

    Speakers:

    • "Can We Trust Algorithms?" - Jason Chuang, Mozilla
    • “How is Misinformation Affecting Our Everyday Lives?” - Lorna McGregor, University of Essex, and Sam Dubberley, Amnesty International
    • “The Economics of....: What is Acceptable?” - Nandini Jammi, Sleeping Giants/ B2B Communications Consultant

     

    10:55 AM - 11:40 AM

    Plenary Session | Elections

    Speakers:

    • “India's WhatsApp Election” - Karen Rebelo, BOOM Live
    • "What Fact-checking Misinformation in Elections Means Around the World" - Cristina Tardáguila, IFCN/Poynter
    • "Building a Coalition: Testing Real-time Monitoring and Response to Misinformation in the European Parliamentary Elections"- Chloe Colliver, Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD)

    11:40 AM - 12:00 PM

    Coffee Break

    12:05 PM - 12:50 PM

    Plenary Session | Media Literacy

    Speakers:

    • "Can Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Defeat Misinformation?" - Roslyn Kratochvil Moore, DK Akademie
    • "Media Literacy in an Age of News Overabundance: MAMIL - One of the Top 10 Projects in Europe" - Dejan Andonov, Insitute for Communications Studies 
    • "Media Mashup: Active Learning About Propaganda Techniques" - Elfi De Vos, JEF

    1:00 PM - 1:55 PM

    Lunch and Exhibits

    2:00 PM - 4:25 PM

    Breakout Workshops and Roundtables

    4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

    Workshop Reports and Closing Remarks

    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Reception

  • Speakers

    Lorna McGregor

    Professor of International Human Rights Law and Director of the Human Rights Centre,

    University of Essex

    Lorna McGregor is a Professor of International Human Rights Law and Director of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. Lorna's current research focuses on big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and human rights. She is the PI and Director of the multidisciplinary ESRC Human Rights, Big Data and Technology (HRBDT) project. Her research has been funded by the British Academy, the ESRC and the Nuffield Foundation. Lorna is a Co-Chair of the International Law Association's Study Group on Individual Responsibility in International Law and a Contributing Editor of EJIL Talk!. She has held positions as a Commissioner of the British Equality and Human Rights Commission (2015 - 2019) and as a trustee of the AIRE Centre. Prior to becoming an academic, Lorna held positions at REDRESS, the International Bar Association, and the International Centre for Ethnic Studies in Sri Lanka.

    Sam Dubberley

    Manager, Digital Verification Corps, Amnesty International, and Research Consultant, Human Rights and Big Data Project, University of Essex

    Sam Dubberley is the manager of the Digital Verification Corps in the Crisis Response Team at Amnesty International and research consultant for the Human Rights and Big Data Project at the University of Essex. As a fellow of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, Sam co-authored a global study exploring the use of user-generated content in TV and online news output. He has published further research into the impact of UGC and vicarious trauma with Eyewitness Media Hub and First Draft. He serves on the advisory board of First Draft and the Syrian Archive and is the co-editor of the forthcoming book Digital Witness: Using Open Source Information for Human Rights Investigation, Documentation, and Accountability.

    Jason Chuang

    Research Scientist, Mozilla

    Jason is a research scientist at Mozilla. His current projects include bringing greater transparency to online advertising and content recommendation algorithms. More generally, his research focuses on how people work with and trust intelligent computing systems "artificial intelligence").

    Nandini Jammi

    Founding Organizer, Sleeping Giants/ B2B Communications Consultant

    Nandini Jammi is founding organizer at Sleeping Giants, the social media campaign making bigotry and sexism less profitable. Through her work, she has been named by Business Insider as one of 23 industry leaders “fixing” digital advertising in 2018 and a DigiDay Changemaker. She is also a senior copywriter and product messaging strategist working with tech companies.

    Roslyn Kratochvil Moore

    Manager, DW Akademie

    Roslyn is the Media and Information Literacy (MIL) project manager in the Strategy & Consulting Services department at DW Akademie. She has an undergraduate degree in Geography and Development Studies from King's College London (KCL) and London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and an M.A. in Responsible Management from Steinbeis Hochschule Berlin. Roslyn has over 15 years of experience in international development mainly focusing on education projects. She has lived and worked for many years in India, Kenya, and Sudan. Roslyn has been working for DW Akademie since 2015 and is based in Bonn.

    Dejan Andonov

    Program Coordinator, Institute of Communication Studies

    Dejan Andonov, MA, is Program Coordinator at the Institute of Communication Studies from Macedonia, responsible for curriculum development and high quality delivery of the MA study programs in Media Management and Management of Strategic Communication. His educational and professional backgrounds are primarily related to communications and media. Mr. Andonov has long experience in teaching public relations, journalism and media literacy, has been part of many activities on these topics and is author of a media literacy handbook, documentaries and videos. In all contexts, he is always highly motivated to ensure the success of the entire team and the final project goals.

    Cristina Tardáguila

    Associate Director, International Fact-Checking Network

    Cristina Tardáguila is the International Fact-Checking Network’s Associate Director. She is the founder of Agência Lupa, the first fact-checking initiative in her country, and also responsible for LupaEducação, its educational branch. Tardáguila studied Journalism at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and got her master’s degree, also in Journalism, from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, in Madrid (Spain). In 2017, she completed an MBA on Digital Marketing, from Fundação Getulio Vargas. As a reporter and/or an editor, Tardáguila has worked in some of the most important media outlets in Brazil: O Globo, Folha de S.Paulo, Globo.com and revista piauí. She has also published two books: “A Arte do Descaso” (in 2016), about the biggest art heist in Brazil – still an unsolved crime. And “Você foi Enganado” (2018), about presidential false claims heard in Brazilian politics since 1920.

    Her interest in dis/misinformation combat has taken her to TEDx’s red carpet twice and has turned her into elPeriodico’s best journalist of 2018.

    Elfi De Vos

    Educational Officer, JEF

    Elfi De Vos works as an educational officer for the Belgian youthfilm organization JEF.
    She is responsible for the development of media workshops and various innovative
    projects. She holds a Master degree in Film of the Royal Academy of Ghent. She has
    many years of experience in facilitating workshops with children from all ages (2-18
    years) and shared her experiences in trainings for teachers.

    Chloe Colliver

    Digital Analysis Unit Lead, Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD)

    Chloe Colliver leads the Digital Analysis Unit at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) where she heads the programme of research exploring the tactics, actors and systems involved in the promotion of terrorism, extremism and disinformation (including in the European parliamentary, Bavarian, Swedish and German elections). In her work, Chloe has shaped the digital policy responses to these kinds of digital threats, working with academia, policymakers, technologists and civil society to confront the exploitation of technology for malicious purposes. This includes support to national governments in the design of digital policy regulation, as well as collaboration with technologists and academia to harness AI and ML to find opportunities for interventions to challenge disinformation or extremist activity online. Chloe is an experienced media spokesperson and regularly provides insight and analysis for outlets including the New York Times, BBC, The Guardian and POLITICO.  

    Karen Rebelo

    Deputy Editor, BOOM Live

    Karen Rebelo is the Deputy Editor at BOOM Live, a fact-checking organisation based in Mumbai.
    Karen is an investigative journalist and a fact-checker specialising in uncovering misinformation and disinformation in India. She is also a verification trainer. In 2018, she spearheaded BOOM's fact-checking workshops for journalists across India as part of the Google News Initiative. Karen is a former Reuters business news journalist and has reported about mining companies in the UK, the Indian stock market and private equity space.

  • Workshops

    Attend one of these Amazing afternoon workshops!

    Mixed Reality & Privacy​

    Facilitated by: Mozilla

    This workshop will explore privacy, safety and ethical issues in mixed reality and identify risks and mitigations that might be societal and legal rather than technical. Participants will learn about the unique considerations in MR, try out devices, and share their experiences working with similar emerging technologies. As an outcome, we aim to 1) create a taxonomy of harms associated with MR and 2) outline a primer directed at regulators and legislators to help them understand the technology and risks.

    Towards Radical Transparency: Data Needs of Independent Researchers Studying Disinformation

    Facilitated by: Mozilla

    This workshop will explore what kind of data transparency is actually needed from the major platforms (Facebook/Google/YouTube/Twitter) in order for researchers and journalists to study disinformation and election interference. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences in actually cooperating with the platforms and receiving data from them, identifying areas of opportunity as well as challenges. As an outcome we aim to build a set of policy recommendations to guide emergent thinking around data sharing between companies and researchers in a manner that protects user privacy first and foremost.

  • Related Workshops

    Attend a related workshop on the margins of MisinfoCon London!

    Online Disinformation & Civil Society Participatory Learning Workshop​

    Facilitated by: Oxford Internet Institute, October 24

    On October 24th, the Oxford Internet Institute's Computational Propaganda Team will be hosting a half-day interactive workshop on civil society and computational propaganda. The aims of this workshop are to equip attendees with working understanding of the operation of bots, junk news producers and social media manipulation; work together to outline potential ways civil society groups might encounter these issues; and explore avenues for preparation and response. Our workshops will feature three lightening presentations:

    1. Online Mis/Disinformation: Lessons from the European Parliamentary Elections
    2. Computational Propaganda and Junk News: The “Nuts” & “Bolts" 
    3. Social Media Manipulation in Iran: Implications for Civil Society 
    Space is limited to accommodate intimate conversations. Register here.
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