|ONLINE ZOOM EVENT|
Disinformation, the Media and the U.S. Election
|From scare mongering about election fraud to conspiracy theories about COVID-19, fake news and disinformation have become a key factor in the U.S. presidential election. Our three speakers will give their expert analysis of the impact of the avalanche of lies and misinformation that have engulfed the campaign and how journalists have been combatting it. Moderated by FCC first vice-president, Eric Wishart.|
Craig Silverman is journalist, author and one of the world’s leading experts on online disinformation, fake news, and digital investigations. He is the media editor of BuzzFeed News where he covers platforms, online disinformation, and media manipulation. Silverman recently published an updated version of his ground-breaking Verification Handbook – For Disinformation and Media Manipulation.
Elyse Samuels is a video reporter for The Washington Post’s visual forensics team. She joined The Washington Post’s video team in October 2016 where she has worked as a Facebook Live producer, universal desk video editor and the team’s first verification video editor. She has also hosted and reported for The Fact Checker.
Thomas Kent is a specialist on disinformation, journalism and Russian affairs. Until September 2018, he was president and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He now teaches at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, is a Senior Fellow of The Jamestown Foundation, and consults on disinformation, journalism and ethics for government, media, NGO and corporate clients. Kent is the author of Striking Back: Overt and Covert Options to Combat Russian Disinformation.
Speaker: Craig Silverman, Elyse Samuels, Thomas Kent,