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SXSW 2019

Fighing Misinformation and Defending the Open Web

The spread of misinformation is becoming an increasing problem in countries around the world. In particular during election times, social media platforms have been used to strategically to influence public opinion – from the Philippines, to Kenya, from Germany to the USA. Lack of net neutrality and the dominance of platforms like Facebook with its zero rating services are contributing to this becoming an increasing problem for democracy.

Internet activists from Africa, Europe and the USA will give insights into different government attempts to introduce new legislation combating the spread of misinformation as well as civil society strategies to defend freedom of speech and promote access to pluralistic information sources.

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  1. Learn about the correlation between net netrality, zero rating, access to information, open intenet, freedom of speech and spreading of misinforation.
  2. Learn about different country case studies from Africa, Asia and Europe including government policies introduced to combat misinformation.
  3. Reflect together with experts on strategies to fight the spread of misinformation whist defending freedom of speech and keeping the web uncencored.



Geraldine de Bastion, Founder / International Executive Director, Global Innovation Gathering

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Social & Global Impact
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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