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As a precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, the 2020 Kilgour Lecture with Arvind Narayanan and the CITAP panel “Free Speech, Paid Speech, and Fake Speech,” have been postponed. Both events are tentatively rescheduled for Sept. 10. Additional details will be shared closer to the new date.

CANCELLED: Arvind Narayanan: “The Cognitive Errors Enabling the Unchecked Power of Tech Platforms”

Friday, April 3, 10:00 am
Pleasants Family Room at Wilson Library

The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) will welcome Arvind Narayanan, lead researcher with the Princeton Web Transparency and Accountability Project, on April 3 to deliver the 2020 OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture. Narayanan’s talk, “The Cognitive Errors Enabling the Unchecked Power of Tech Platforms,” will begin at 10 am in the Pleasants Family Room at Wilson Library. The event is free and open to the public. Visit the SILS website for more about the event and speaker.

CANCELLED: Free Speech, Paid Speech, and Fake Speech in Democracy

Friday, April 3, 2:00 pm
Carroll Hall, Room 111

Misinformation and disinformation are nothing new in American democracy, but the internet and social media have accelerated their spread and amplified their impact.

On April 3, leading experts affiliated with Carolina’s Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) will examine how this new information landscape is influencing our personal beliefs and political leanings, and its cumulative effect on democracy.

The panel discussion, “Free Speech, Paid Speech, and Fake Speech in Democracy,” will touch on a variety of pressing issues from social media echo chambers and algorithmic micro targeting to increased partisanship and declining trust in traditional institutions. CITAP panelists will help audience members understand how we got where we are today, what is at stake for the future, and what is necessary to change course.

Panelists will include Deen Freelon, Daniel Kreiss, Alice Marwick, and Zeynep Tufekci from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Tressie McMillan Cottom from Virginia Commonwealth University. David Ardia, Associate Professor at the UNC School of Law, will moderate.

The panel is part of a larger celebration of CITAP, which launched in July 2019 with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Luminate.

A brief reception will follow the panel conclusion. The event is free and open to the public.


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