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How to do Business in the Age of Disinformation: Is Freedom of Speech on Social Media a Blessing or a Curse?

Wed. March 04, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am


The Digital Revolution is bringing sweeping change to all aspects of life and politics, impacting our everyday lives at a much faster pace than other revolutionary innovations in the past. Governments are responding to these changes, but there remains a consistent gap between technologists and business on the one side and lawmakers, and the different divisions of governments on the other side. In this power vacuum, technology is increasingly being misused as a vehicle for criminal activities or to host harmful or illegal content, including large-scale online manipulation and disinformation with profoundly corrosive effects on trust, consensus and democracy itself. This poses an enormous new challenge for the transatlantic relationship. The latter also being effected by the emergence of China as a disinformation actor with a global narrative which is changing the information landscape.

In this spiral of mistrust, companies are not exempt from the pernicious effects of disinformation and have a fundamental role to play in combating the economic and security threats disinformation campaigns present. There is a need to develop common rules for governing the internet, and private sector actors are crucial for improving trust, security and stability online. It is only through their collaboration with civil society and governments that the integrity of the Internet can be protected, and the malign influence of state or state-backed actors from authoritarian countries be curtailed.

Based on the analysis of such salient topics such as free dataflow, cybersecurity, safeguarding the European and U.S. elections this webinar will discuss disinformation actors and how their activities can affect companies.

Janka Oertel, Director of the Asia Programme, EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, GOOGLE

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CET

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