MisinfoCon, A Summit on Misinformation, Feb 24–26, at MIT Media Lab & The Nieman Foundation for Journalism

By Jeanne Brooks, James Geary, Burt Herman, Jenny 8. Lee, Phillip Smith, and Claire Wardle

Misinformation, and increasingly disinformation, is distorting the public’s ability to make sense of the world around them, threatening the democratic process around the globe. While not a new phenomenon, the problem is compounded by both the speed that information travels in our networked world, and the technological and cultural “filter bubbles” that we live our lives in. This problem impacts everyone.

To figure out how to address the issue and work on solutions — both social and technological —The First Draft Coalition, The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and Hacks/Hackers are convening MisinfoCon: A Summit on Misinformation at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA on February 24–26.

This challenge requires a big tent solution

This will be one of the largest gatherings focusing on trust, verification, fact checking, and reader experience. We will bring together ambassadors from technology platforms, news organizations, as well as experts in social science, media literacy, policy, advocacy, cybersecurity and more. Software developers, designers, librarians, academics and actual, honest-to-goodness “real people” that are impacted by misinformation are all welcome.

A Summit, and also “Creative Studio”

There will be talks by people leading initiatives to fight misinformation, discussions bringing together key themes and challenges, and town hall-style opportunities bringing the big picture into focus. And there will be demos of tools being developed to help journalists, newsrooms, and readers make better sense of the information around them.

The Creative Studio is a new take on a hackathon. Leading with a more collaborative approach, we’ll open a solutions-focused hacking space to lead teams through a multi-disciplinary design process, inspiring creative thinking that goes beyond technology.

Our goal is to connect leaders and develop actionable steps on how the various sectors can work together.

If you’re interested in attending, apply now because space is limited. A small number of travel stipends are available — if that will make the difference in your ability to attend, please indicate that on your application.

MisinfoCon is possible through the generous support of Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, Mozilla, Knight Foundation, Center for Civic Media, and Alley Interactive. If your foundation, organization, newsroom, or company is interested in supporting this event, or helping people attend through travel grants, please get in touch.