Canadians are concerned about disinformation, social 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.
Are these concerns founded?
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 on 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 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.
The Central Library is located in Library Square at 350 West Georgia Street and is accessible by several bus lines and is a 7-minute walk from City Centre (Canada Line) and Stadium Stations (Expo Line / Millennium Line) on Granville Street.
The Alice MacKay Room is located on the Lower Level of Library Square.
There are bike racks on the left of the North entrance and on the far left of the south entrance
The entrance to the Easy Park parking garage below the library building is on Hamilton Street (near Robson Street). There are specially designated handicapped parking stalls beside doors to the elevators in the parking garage. Two hour meter parking is available around Library Square.
There are public washrooms on the Lower Level of Library Square, outside the Alice MacKay room.
The Lower Level of Library Square is wheelchair accessible.
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility, feel free to connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you require ASL or other language interpretation please submit this request no later than 3 weeks in advance.