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Date and Location

September 14, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST



​Bold action is needed to counter misinformation. Digital disinformation and media manipulation have a role in entrenching societal inequalities, driving polarization, and eroding public trust in democratic institutions. Are there productive human rights-based approaches to countering disinformation online? Do we have—or need to assert—a right to a clean and healthy information environment?  In this talk I review some of the latest evidence of how organized, large-scale abuses of media and technology are threatening our health, safety, and rights.  I evaluate some of the contemporary proposals for addressing these trends, and appraise the prospects for an Intergovernmental Panel on the Information Environment to tackle these challenges in a globally coordinated manner.

This event is part of our Towards Life 3.0: Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century series. A talk series organized and facilitated by Dr. Mathias Risse, Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, and Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs, and Philosophy. Drawing inspiration from the title of Max Tegmark’s book, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, the series draws upon a range of scholars, technology leaders, and public interest technologists to address the ethical aspects of the long-term impact of artificial intelligence on society and human life. Information on how to access the event can be found below. 

Speakers and Presenters

​Phil N. Howard | Director, Oxford University’s Programme on Democracy and Technology

Mathias Risse (moderator) | Faculty Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy; Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs and Philosophy