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Thursday, June 13 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Defending Democracy from Foreign Interference in a Digital Age

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There are increasing efforts in the international community to challenge the value of democratic principles and states. At the same time, emerging technologies have created a new environment for foreign interference operations to support these narratives, particularly in the form of disinformation campaigns. As a result, democratic states have begun to identify, analyze and share information on disinformation, increasingly relying on open source social media analysis. However, one of the technical challenges in identifying disinformation campaigns is establishing those emanating from a foreign source (e.g., state-led or transnational interest group) and those initiated domestically. This distinction, among other ramifications, has significant implications on the type of response that will be undertaken, and by whom, as well as on the effectiveness of the response. With this in mind, this session will offer examples of legal, NGO and government/multinational responses to foreign interference in the form of disinformation.

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Sam Gregory

Program Director, WITNESS
In short....video, human rights, deepfakes, media manipulation, citizen participation, role of companies, AI, live video and experiential activismIn "long"...Sam Gregory is an award-winning technologist, media-maker, and advocate, and Program Director of WITNESS (www.witness.org) which helps people use video and technology to defend human rights. Founded after the Rodney King incident, WITNESS has 30 years of experience in 100+ countries, supporting critical uses of video to secure accountability, reaching millions of people with skills and tools, engaging... Read More →
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Joan Barata

Intermediary Liability Fellow, Stanford CIS
I am the Intermediary Liability Fellow at Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society. As a scholar, I have spoken and done extensive research in the areas of freedom of expression, freedom of information, media and platform regulation, working and collaborating with various... Read More →
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Rauno Merisaari

Ambassador for Human Rights and Democracy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Ambassador at-large on Human Rights and Democracy Mr. Rauno Merisaari (b. 1957) is a Finnish diplomat and has a long career in the human rights policy and foreign relations both in the government and in civil society. He is a leading expert in the international human rights policy... Read More →

Thursday June 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm BST
Caspian (Palais)