The April 18 Community Forum will explore Fake News – what it is, where it comes from, how and why it proliferates, how it has changed in recent months and years, and what it means for our democracy.
Wikipedia defines it like this: “Fake news is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media.” Can we learn to detect Fake News? What are “bots” and how is social media compromised by Fake News? What was the extent of Russian involvement in the 2016 election and what were their goals? What is the current Russian presence in social media?
Most importantly how does Fake News affect democracy? Does free speech mean any news story or headline must be permitted? Can we identify and counteract Fake News?
Our speakers will define and explore this phenomenon. Forum speakers include journalists and all are experts in the field of Fake News. Our stellar panelists are Jerry Roberts who was Editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, and now is a political columnist for the Independent, host of City Desk at SBTV, founder of Newsmakers; Lisa Neubert, Programming Librarian at Santa Barbara Library; Marga Cooley, Santa Maria Times Editor; and Miriam Medzger, Ph.D, Director of the Center for Information, Technology and Society at UCSB.
Co-chairs: Lindsey Baker, Jane Benefield, Susan Horne