'Fake News' and the Future of Democracy
**Cancelled Due to Covid 19 effective March 13 until further notice**
A Community Conference Sponsored by CALL
Advances in technology have enabled citizens to become better informed than ever before; however, they have also made it increasingly difficult to distinguish fact from fiction: ‘Fake news’ is becoming a growth industry. This conference will explore the ‘fake news’ phenomenon with a view to assessing its possible impacts on democratic institutions, and to providing participants with tools to combat the tsunami of distortions coming their way. The program will feature:
A keynote address: Fact or Faux? On the Crisis of News and Democracy in a Tweet-As-You-Go Era by Dr. Maria Bakardjieva, Professor in the Department of Communication, Media and Film, University of Calgary, a specialist in media and democracy
An expert panel
• Brooks DeCillia, national reporter for CBC, and a postdoctoral fellow in the Dept. of Political Science, U. of C.
• Kim Groome, Information Specialist, Taylor Family Digital Library, U. of C.
• Gillian Steward, Calgary-based journalist, regular columnist for the Toronto Star, and journalism instructor, MRU
• Zain Velji, Partner & V.P., Strategy, Northweather; political strategist and commentator
Q & A
Facilitator-led break-out groups
Stay tuned for a detailed program.
Come join the conversation! Coffee and lunch are included. (Vegetarian options will be available.)
|When:||Saturday, May 9|
|Time:||9:30 AM - 3:30 PM|
|Doors open 9:00 AM|
|Where:||Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church|
|4612 Varsity Drive NW|
Space is limited, so register soon!