Keynote & Reception - “The True Costs of Misinformation,” Dr. Joan Donovan

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 5:30 pm to 8 pm

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Join us for the Opening Reception of The Misinformation Edition Exhibit. The reception will feature a keynote talk by Dr. Joan Donovan on "The True Cost of Misinformation." 

The talk will explore the ways in which social media companies are trying to patch the holes in a failing sociotechnical system, where the problems their products have created are now shouldered by journalists, universities, and health professionals, just to name a few. It will further promote discussion about what can be done to restore moral and technical order in a time of pandemonium.

Dr. Joan Donovan is the Research Director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and the Director of the Technology and Social Change project (TaSC). She is a specialist in media manipulation, political movements, critical internet studies, and online extremism. Her work explores how media manipulation is a means to control public conversation, derail democracy, and disrupt society.

Light refreshments will be served. 

This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and by funding from the Department of Humanities.

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