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Jon Roosenbeek, Stefanie Ullmann and Nina Schick

Covid-19, Digital Democracy and Fake News

Winter Weekend 2020, 

The pandemic has stretched resources and exposed system strengths and weaknesses in many areas of society. Our panel looks at one major area – data and the internet – and examines how important it has been in tracking and tracing, providing information and managing the response to Covid-19. But the flip side of this is the use of those very same systems to spread false information, conspiracy theories and fake news. How do we enable digital democracy and free speech while preventing the malicious spread and impact of lies and falsehoods?

Dr Jon Roozenbeek, Google Jigsaw Postdoctoral Fellow, Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab; Stefanie Ullmann is a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the project Giving Voice to Digital Democracies: The Social Impact of Artificially Intelligent Communications Technology.

In conversation with Nina Schick, author and broadcaster, specialising in how technology and artificial intelligence are reshaping society.

Jon Roosenbeek, Stefanie Ullmann and Nina Schick