Disinformation & Democracy

11June2019 18:30 - 20:00

Lecture

Today, debates about public issues play out on social media, people receive their news via digital platforms and politicians pitch their policies using this same media. The internet is our new public square, however, this raises digital deception and fake news as key issues of our time. What role does censorship play in this? What role can institutions and frameworks, policy and initiatives play in this? For instance, the European Union focuses on how to deal with disinformation both within the EU and in its surrounding area, where disinformation as a phenomenon goes well beyond the term “fake news”, namely, all forms of false, inaccurate, or misleading information designed, presented and promoted to intentionally cause public harm or for profit. The pressing question arises on how to regulate such misleading information under EU and national laws. Other topics covered include censorship, societal resilience, deep fakes and more.

Speaker:

Prof. Dr. Madeleine de Cock Buning combines her academic background as Professor of Copyright, Communications and Media Law with a career as Chair of the Executive Board of the Supervisory Authority of the Media, and ample of experience at national and European institutions. She has held positions at the World Intellectual Property Organisation, as Chair of the EU Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA), is Honorary Judge at the Court of Appeal of the Hague, and is Chair of the Advisory Committee on Copyright to the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice. Prof. Dr. Madeleine de Cock Buning’s research and lectures focus on the regulation and governance of digital disruptive technology

Location: Common Room
Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113, 1098XG Amsterdam
Convenor:  Amsterdam International Model United Nations

Published by  Amsterdam University College