Fostering a Democratic Digital Space

12:00 - 13:20
Room 206, Shaw Centre

The conversation will allow participants to share concrete ideas about what works and what does not in countering disinformation and encouraging citizenship online. Furthermore, it will help identify the risks and challenges associated with some interventions, such as how to combat disinformation without limiting free speech. It will also highlight the importance of international cooperation and learning from our partners around the world. Finally, the session will aim to push beyond current interventions and seek out new ideas for what various actors could test to address the issue of disinformation. Canadian civil society and government representatives will begin the session by providing a short overview of Canada’s approach, which is inclusive and brings together technology, civil society and governments to find holistic solutions. They will be joined by planted experts, civil society, and foreign government representatives in the audience, who will share their experiences. Through an open, facilitated and wide ranging discussion, participants will explore the opportunities and challenges involved in encouraging digital “citizenship”, and in charting a course to limit the impact of online disinformation on democracy.

Theme: Open track

Livestream: No

Open to media: Yes

Organizers: Heritage Canada, Privy Council Office, Global Affairs Canada

Languages available: English, French

Event type: Fishbowl

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