The impact of misinformation and disinformation on the democratic processes will be the focus on the League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod Area’s Dr. Florence Seldin “Democracry Is Not A Spectator Sport” series, to be held Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Knight Auditorium, Barnstable High School, 775 Main St., Hyannis.
Three speakers will discuss how misinformation is spread and what we as consumers of news can do to protect ourselves from it and ensure that we ourselves are not disseminating it.
The presenters will identify:
- Available resources and tools to help participants understand the differences between accurate news and misinformation;
- The challenges that the development of AI tools present to voter decision making;
- Potential safety measures, laws and policies that government/news media could take to address these challenges.
- The importance of sustaining local news
Presenters will include Dr. Joan Donovan, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Emerging Media Studies at Boston University’s College of Communications and Past Director of the Technology and Social Change Project at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Dan Kennedy, Professor of Journalism at Northeastern University, nationally known media commentator, and familiar face as a frequent past panelist on “Beat The Press: on WGBH TV.
The speaker series is made possible through a generous donation of the Seldin family and through donations from friends of Florence Seldin. The series is administered through the LWVCCA. The event is free and registration is not required.