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Tuesday, January 28 • 11:05am - 12:00pm
Is Democracy Safe? Social Media Amplification

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It has been two years since the 2016 elections where nation-states attempted to tamper with our democratic elections using disinformation on social media. Have things gotten better or worse? Reports from the UK surrounding the December elections that domestic special interest groups themselves may have started to employ tactics used by Russian trolls in recent elections. Meanwhile the major social networks and lawmakers in Congress struggle to deal with how to manage political advertising. Our panel will look at what we know and what is being done to preserve our democracy in the Internet age.

Moderators
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Angie Holan

Editor-In-Chief, PolitiFact
Angie Drobnic Holan is  the editor-in-chief of PolitiFact, the national politics fact-checking website that plays a leading role in journalism’s fact-checking movement. She has been with PolitiFact since its 2007 launch and was a reporter on the team that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2008 election. Angie holds... Read More →

Speakers
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Allen Dickerson

Legal Director, Institute for Free Speech
Allen Dickerson is Legal Director of the Institute for Free Speech, where he leads the Institute’s nationwide litigation efforts. He has represented individuals and organizations in First Amendment challenges before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third... Read More →
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Susan Ness

Distinguished Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg Public Policy Center
Susan Ness is a former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission and founder of Susan Ness Strategies, a communications policy consulting firm. She is a distinguished fellow at both the German Marshall Fund, where she works on transatlantic digital policy issues, and at... Read More →
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Hon. Ellen Weintraub

Commissioner, Federal Election Commission
Ellen L. Weintraub (@EllenLWeintraub) has served as a commissioner on the U.S. Federal Election Commission since 2002 and chaired it for the third time in 2019.During her tenure, Weintraub has served as a consistent voice for meaningful campaign-finance law enforcement and robust disclosure. She believes that strong... Read More →
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Camille François

Chief Innovation Officer, Graphika
Camille François works on cyber conflict and digital rights online. She is the Chief Innovation Officer at Graphika, where she leads the company’s teams focused on detecting and mitigating disinformation, media manipulation and harassment. In 2019, Camille was distinguished by... Read More →


Tuesday January 28, 2020 11:05am - 12:00pm
West Hub at Convene 575 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA