Disinformation doesn’t just deny obvious realities — it’s becoming more sophisticated and shaping the world around us. Most recently we've witnessed this with COVID-19 myths and now, with claims about the Indigenous Voice to Parliament. Further afield, for 2024 elections across the world, experts warn the advances and growing adoption of AI could supercharge disinformation tactics.
In this Sydney Ideas event, we bring together experts to discuss disinformation – what makes it so influential and problematic, roles and responsibilities of our institutions and platforms, and how to counteract it for better decision-making. Hear from:
This event was held on 12 September 2023 at the University of Sydney.
Micah is Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, Faculty of Science. He researches how people think and learn. This work involves both conducting experiments in the lab, and designs to improve how people think and learn in the “real world.” He holds a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Rochester, and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He held a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University before joining the University of Sydney.
Joanne is a Lecturer in Digital Cultures in the Discipline of Media and Communications, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She is an interdisciplinary academic with expertise in digital platform policy and governance. Her research seeks to understand how digital platforms, such as Google/Alphabet and Facebook/Meta, exercise private power and explore relevant policy options.
Lee is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and an Instructor in Ethics at Harvard Extension School. He holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).
Lee is the author of On Disinformation (MIT Press, 2023), How to Talk to a Science Denier (MIT Press, 2021), The Art of Good and Evil (Braveship Books, 2021) and more. He has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Nature, Scientific American, New Statesman and numerous other venues. He has appeared on CNN International on Amanpour and Company—and several other programs on PBS, NPR and the BBC—and has spoken at the United Nations, NASA, and the Vatican.
Farz joined the ABC as a radio producer in Canberra in 2014, and has since gone on to tell stories for television (The House; Tonightly; The School That Tried To End Racism) and online (ABC Everyday).
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