McLuhan Salon #3, Fall 2018: Is fake news really the problem? at ROM CONNECTS

06Nov18

For Media Literacy Week

Is fake news really the problem? 

While the term appears in the headlines and on the lips of everyday internet users, is ‘fake news’ really the problem? Or are we facing something much more complex? Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, takes us on a winding journey through misinformation, filter bubbles, content sorting algorithms, shady political ads and cyber warfare in an attempt to show what’s really going on. At the end he asks: what role can media literacy play in rebuilding our democracies? And where should companies and governments do more?

Program Partners: Media Literacy Week, McLuhan Salons

DATE & TIME: Friday, November 9, 2018 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

LOCATION: Royal Ontario Museum, Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre, Level 1B – See Map – President’s Choice School Entrance 

RSVP is Required. GET TICKETS here https://goo.gl/EA5Xxj

 Speaker: Mark Surman

The internet is one of our most valuable public resources — it’s Mark Surman’s job to keep it healthy.  
Mark is Executive Director of Mozilla, the global nonprofit that does everything from making Firefox to standing up for issues like online privacy. Mark is focused on fueling the broader internet health movement by working with citizens, technologists and civic leaders around the world. Mark is also part of the team that develops Mozilla’s annual Internet Health Report. Before Mozilla, Mark was the Managing Director of telecentre.org and President of social tech consulting firm Commons Group. In 2007, Mark was awarded the prestigious Shuttleworth Fellowship, where he explored how to apply open source approaches to philanthropy. Mark lives in Toronto with his sons, Tristan and Ethan.



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