A forum featuring policymakers and other leaders from the U.S. and around the world will provide an opportunity for legislators and experts to discuss the consequences of digital platforms’ misinformation negligence on free and fair elections.
The online event, the second in a series hosted by the George Washington University’s Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics (IDDP), will highlight how false, misleading and dangerous social media content can compromise election integrity, inflame racial divisions and disenfranchises voters, as well as how social media platforms fail to rein in such hazardous content, allowing it to spread widely
The GW event series is held in cooperation with the members of the International Grand Committee on Disinformation (IGC), a consortium of legislators working to protect consumers from social media disinformation.
After registering, members of the media will receive Zoom login information, which will allow them to submit questions for panelists during the event. For any questions about the event, please contact Jason Shevrin at email@example.com or 202-994-5631.
The IDDP event series continues GW’s interdisciplinary studies of disinformation. In 2018, the British Parliament held its first-ever live-broadcast, public fact-gathering hearing of a House of Commons select committee outside of the United Kingdom in GW’s Marvin Center. Members of Parliament questioned representatives of tech companies about disinformation and fake news. GW’s Graduate School of Political Management and School of Media and Public Affairs hosted that event.
The GW Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics’ mission is to help the public, journalists and policymakers understand digital media’s influence on public dialogue and opinion, and to develop sound solutions to disinformation and other ills that arise in these spaces. Funding for IDDP is part of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s investment of nearly $50 million in institutions across the country to support research into the ways in which technology is transforming democracy. IDDP is one of five new centers funded by the investment.