A More Perfect Internet: Addressing Digital Incivility, Cyber-Violence, and "Fake News"

The Global Internet Freedom & Human Rights Project hosted this conference on current issues surrounding the use of the Internet. This conference is the second in the 2016-17 GW University Seminar Series "Our Networked Future: Emerging Issues in Internet Freedom and Governance."


Agenda 

Panel 1 - "Promoting Digital Civility and Combating Cyber-Violence"

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This event focused on digital civility and will analyze the findings of Microsoft’s research initiative on "Civility, Safety and Interaction Online," which surveyed teens and adults in 14 countries on perceptions of online safety; and the work of GW Law School's Cyber-Violence Project, which raises awareness about online abuse while offering legal and nonlegal resources to persons affected by cyber-violence in the Washington DC area. 

Moderator

  • Professor Arturo Carrillo, The George Washington University Law School

Panelists

  • Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft
  • Laurie Kohn, Director of the GW Family Justice Litigation Clinic and Co-director of the Cyber-Violence Project
  • Sarabeth Rangiah and Noor Hamadeh, Students of the GW International Human Rights Clinic

Panel 2 - "Addressing the ‘Fake News’ Problem: Combating Online Hoaxes and Misinformation"

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This panel focused on the problem of online hoaxes and ideologically driven misinformation, like the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, and the available legal and technological tools for addressing these problems.  

Moderator

  • Professor Dawn C. Nunziato, The George Washington University Law School

Panelists

  • Emma Llanso, The Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Professor Matt Hindman, The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs
  • Professor David Lazer, Northeastern University Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Science