Working Towards an Inclusive Digital Society
2019, Summit Confronting the Disinformation Age, Media + Information, Equity + Justice
About Confronting the Disinformation Age
SFU Public Square’s 2019 Community Summit considered how the proliferation of disinformation is impacting society and challenging our capacity to make informed decisions about our economic, social, and political lives. Together, we co-created strategies to ensure stronger and healthier information ecosystems and stimulate more connected and resilient communities.
The Disinformation Age
Information is fundamental to our existence. Without it, we cannot understand or effectively respond to the events that shape our world. Throughout history, campaigns to deliberately spread false information to influence public opinion or obscure the truth have been launched by individuals, organizations, and governments. But today, we’re living in a new age of information facilitated primarily by digital technology. These advancements offer us extraordinary access to facts and data but also allow for harmful, inaccurate, and manipulated information to be created and disseminated at an unprecedented speed, scope, and scale. Falsehoods are pitted against facts in competition for our attention and technology is used to exploit our cognitive functioning without repercussion. In what is being called the “post-truth” era, the distortion of our information landscape is eroding our trust in institutions, political systems, the media, and each other.
Working Towards A Digitally Inclusive Society — Summary Report to SFU Public Square
Forum goals and activities
The one-day forum Working Towards A Digitally Inclusive Society was held on April 12, 2019 bringing together for the first time in BC agencies and stakeholders concerned with digital literacy and digital rights. The goals of the forum were to raise awareness about the connections between digital education and digital rights, share information about issues of digital inequalities people were experiencing, and gage interest in further collaboration and collective action. 110 participants registered and 108 attended for all or most of the day. These participants included representatives from frontline literacy and social service agencies, university researchers, librarians, non-profit social rights and anti-poverty groups and adults who experience digital inequalities.