Tammy Baldwin, Jackie Speier, Christine Todd Whitman to Join GW Forum About Misogyny and Hate Speech on Social Media

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GW Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics

MEDIA CONTACTS: 
For GW: Jason Shevrin: jshevrin@gwu.edu, 202-994-5631
For IGC: Matt Dennis: mdennis@dc-crd.com, 703-615-1007
 
EVENT:
A panel of women including U.S. and international lawmakers and other public figures will discuss their experiences with hateful and misogynistic content on social media and will examine the consequences of digital platforms’ approaches to date. 
 
The online event, the third and final in a series hosted by the George Washington University’s Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics (IDDP), will highlight how social media platforms allow hate to spread, especially against women, who are frequently subjected to misogynistic, crude, degrading and threatening harassment campaigns. The event will also examine how social media platforms fail to enforce their own rules to protect women.
 
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.
 
The first event in the series, a June 16 panel on the harms of COVID-19-related disinformation, included senior lawmakers from the U.S., U.K. and Canada. The second event, a June 29 panel on disinformation and election interference, featured government leaders from the U.S. and abroad, as well as journalists and activists affected by such efforts. 
 
WHO:
Select panelists include:
  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.
  • Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif.
  • Christine Todd Whitman, president, The Whitman Strategy Group; former governor, New Jersey; former administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Renate Künast, member of the German Bundestag
  • Seyi Akiwowo, founder and executive director, Glitch
 
WHEN: 
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020; 9-10 a.m. EDT
 
LIVE VIDEO: 
A live video stream of the event will be broadcast for the general public at https://go.gwu.edu/iddpforum3video
 
MEDIA RSVP: 
Media interested in attending must register online at https://go.gwu.edu/iddpforum3mediarsvp/
 
Members of the media will receive Zoom login information on or after Aug. 4; it will allow them to submit questions for panelists during the event. For any questions about the event, please contact Jason Shevrin at jshevrin@gwu.edu or 202-994-5631. 
 
BACKGROUND:
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.
 
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