With democracies across the globe under assault, and as the world attempts to understand the impact of Russia’s war on Ukraine, the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and The Atlantic announced today that they will jointly host a conference exploring the organized spread of disinformation and strategies to respond to it.
The three-day conference will begin April 6 with a keynote discussion with former President Barack Obama; remarks from journalist Maria Ressa, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize; and a conversation between David Axelrod, director of the Institute of Politics, and Anne Applebaum, staff writer at The Atlantic and winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
The full agenda for “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy” is available online. Other participants include Sen. Amy Klobuchar, JD’85; Christopher Krebs, a former Department of Homeland Security director focused on cybersecurity; journalists, including Ben Smith of Semafor and Kara Swisher of The New York Times; and UChicago faculty members. They will join global experts and policymakers in Chicago to discuss the growing threat disinformation poses to democracies in a highly polarized digital age.
The sessions will be held at UChicago’s David Rubenstein Forum, and will also be streamed live for virtual audiences on the IOP’s YouTube page.