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Thursday, June 13 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Who said What to Whom? Disinformation and anonymous speech

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Join a discussion about how speech gets weaponized. In this session, Brittan Heller will interview speakers about what disinformation is, how it functions and permeates through online spaces, and what role bots, trolls, and the media play in this process. What is the role of anonymous speech in the promotion, spread, and functioning of disinformation? What is the difference between misinformation, disinformation, propaganda and rumor? How do forms of online speech like trolling, harassment, hate speech, and media manipulation intersect with these phenomena? The highlight of this talk will be a discussion about how anonymity functions within disinformation ecosystems -- and what this means for proponents of freedom of expression. Oftentimes, anonymous speech is a polarizing issue for online communities. It is either considered to be essential for protecting activists, dissidents, and journalists -- or a primary driver in the targeting of minority voices. This talk will approach the topic of anonymous speech, as it relates to misinformation, by grounding it in the speakers' research on bots, harassment, hate speech.

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Brittan Heller

Senior Associate, Human Rights Initiative, CSIS
Brittan Heller works at the intersection of technology, human rights, and the law, and is an expert on content moderation and the movement from online conduct to offline violence. She is the founder of the Center for Digital Civil Rights, an innovation lab for human and civil rights... Read More →

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Katie Joseff

Research Manager, Digital Intelligence Lab at Institute for the Future
Katie Joseff is the research manager of the Digital Intelligence Lab at Institute for the Future (IFTF). She works with Sam Woolley investigating computational propaganda-- the use of automation, disinformation, and algorithms to manipulate public opinion online-- and the ethical... Read More →

Thursday June 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am BST
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