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Wed 2

March 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Digital Disinformation: What’s at Stake?

Convergence Center for Policy Resolution

Location: Online

Thanks to the internet, social media, and mobile devices, information and connection are at our fingertips. Yet, these same technologies are being leveraged to sow confusion, disruption and polarization. Recent polls show that 72% of Americans believe disinformation — deliberately misleading or biased information, manipulated narrative or facts — is a major problem. Deception and manipulation of news and information pre-date the internet, but its acceleration, reach and scale are greater on the web. It represents a threat to our society and democracy, undermines elections, public health, national security, brands, trust in media, science, government and religious institutions, and, most fundamentally, the wellbeing of individuals and communities. So, how do we get to the truth of this complex issue and restore trust?

Join us on Wednesday, March 2nd from 1-2 EST for a conversation among diverse leaders about this complicated issue, its causes, and the reasons why it is hard to agree on what is true and build consensus on collective solutions. Participants Dr. Krishnan Narasimhan, chair of Doctors for America, Hillari Lombard, host of Moderate Party podcast, and the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL, will examine the impact digital disinformation has on various communities, including BIPOC, historically marginalized, and faith-based communities. They will explore how disinformation intersects with public health, religion and our daily lives and address how we can reduce its harms without infringing upon free speech and civil and human rights. The engaging conversation will conclude with a Q&A session from attendees and civic stakeholders who care about this issue. 

The webinar will be hosted by leaders of Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, Civic Genius, More in Common and Interfaith Youth Core – four bridge-building organizations who recently partnered to engage local, grassroots and faith-based audiences in national and local dialogues about this issue.

About the speakers:

Dr. Krishnan Narasimhan is Chair of Doctors for America, a 501(c)(3) national, multi-specialty organization of physicians and medical students in the U.S. with a stated goal of improving affordable health care access. The movement began in 2008 and has a membership of over 20,000 people across America.  He is an academic family medicine physician, an Associate Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Howard University and also Chairs the District of Columbia Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Narasimhan has a proven record of driving health system and policy change.

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III is senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Dr. Moss built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism and spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice and economic inequality. As part of his community engagement and civil rights advocacy, he led the team that came up with the “My Life Matters” curriculum and viral video “Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival,” created in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Ferguson, Mo., police.

Hillari Lombard is host of Moderate Party, a podcast for political independents, centrists and moderates. The weekly podcast examines the week’s news through the lens of conservatives, liberals, politicians, journalists, activists, educators, and other leaders with good ideas for improving the country. The podcaster and social media manager is also a designer, a web developer, an avid debater. She grew up in a swing state and brought that compromise-oriented pragmatism with her to the great state of California. 

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