Facts or Fiction? Misinformation, Media and the Canadian Election

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 08:00

Canadians are concerned about disinformation, media and our democracy.

A recent poll from the Strengthening Canadian Democracy Initiative found that... 

71% of Canadians think social media increases the risk of foreign interference in our elections

and 70% think it increases the risk of manipulation by politicians. While just over half of Canadians feel that fake news is having an impact on the confidence Canadians have in their government institutions.

With the federal election campaign in its final stretch, we wanted to hear from journalists and scholars of media and democracy about what has actually happened this election cycle in mainstream media coverage and on social media. 

Join us early on Thursday, October 17 at the Vancouver Public Library for a free breakfast and a discussion about misinformation, media and Canadian democracy with:

Ahmed Al-Rawi - Director of The Disinformation Project at SFU that empirically examines fake news discourses in Canada on social media and mainstream media.

Jagdeesh Mann - a Jack Webster Award winning journalist and media professional based in Vancouver. His current startup is Sunflower Media, a digital boutique that specialises in multicultural marketing, and editorial. 

Lindsay Sample - Editorial director at The Discourse, an award-winning digital news media company that provides in-depth journalism in local communities.

Francesca Fionda - an investigative journalist covering data breaches, privacy and misinformation for the podcast Attention Control.

Stephanie Wood -  Steph Kwetásel’wet Wood is a citizen of the Skwxwú7mesh Nation and contributes to the First Nations Forward series at the National Observer. The National Observer is leading the Election Integrity Reporting Project to provide nonpartisan fact checks and investigations on disinformation and the rise of hate.
The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Jennifer Wolowic, Project Manager for SFU’s Strengthening Canadian Democracy Initiative.

Alice MacKay Room - Vancouver Public Library
350 West Georgia Street
Vancouver , BC
British Columbia CA

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