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    MisinfoCon @IJF 2022: MisinfoCon Global Summit on Misinformation

    April 7th 9AM to 6PM CET
    Sala delle Colonne, Palazzo Graziani
    Perugia, Italy

  • About MisinfoCon

    Following our virtual success at MisinfoCon @ MozFest, we are excited to be back in person for the tenth MisinfoCon event at the International Journalism Festival on April 7th in Perugia, Italy.

    Register online to receive video sessions and networking opportunities after the event.

    MisinfoCon @ IJF 2022

    The tenth MisinfoCon features a diverse array of topics and speakers, focused on journalists’ relationships with misinformation. Our speakers will discuss the core issues journalists must face in 2022.



    We invite the journalists and news professionals at IJF to join us in learning about current scholarship and brainstorm practical applications and recommendations related to these topics:


    • Media Manipulation Campaigns: Journalists will learn how to detect, document, and debunk media manipulation and disinformation campaigns using the methods of investigative ethnography.
    • Defending election integrity: Drawing on extensive experience working with industry leaders and public bodies to defend the democratic process in countries around the world, Graphika will provide a detailed breakdown of the online threats and challenges we expect to encounter in our election integrity work this year. 
    • Misinformation in Ad Tech: Ranking Digital Rights will outline their argument for putting the ad-based model at the center of efforts to rein in Big Tech and lay out next steps for achieving better informed and more equitable democracies.
    • Misinformation in Prisons and Jails: Lawrence Bartley will give a talk about the importance and struggles of creating and distributing news to one of the largest information deserts in the United States: the prison system.
    • Vaccine Journalism: This workshop will identify elements of high-quality vaccine reporting by developing a quality vaccine reporting questionnaire to share with journalists, researchers, and other stakeholder communities.
    • Midinformation: This session will unpack how midinformation poses real problems for fact-checkers and journalists working to keep up with emerging science.
    • Digital Ad and Website Funding: This hands-on workshop provides an overview of the tools and techniques used to investigate a website and to determine how it makes money from digital ads. 
    • Panel: The panel will talk through hiring, training, and retaining journalistic talent, especially among ‘minority-led’ outlets.
  • Can I participate online?

    Yes! All registered participants will receive a link to send our speakers questions before the event. We will address some of those questions during our live sessions on April 7th.



    To ask questions, open http://sli.do, add a code then ask a question. Codes for our sessions are:

    #1 Lightening Talks on Misinformation - 04071

    #2 Media Manipulation - 04072

    #3 ARTT Project - 04073

    #4 Exposing funding behind digital ads - 04074

    #5 Live Panel (Conversations from the Ecosystem) - 04075


  • Survey

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  • Watch Our Sessions

    All of our MisinfoCon sessions will be livestreamed on April 7th starting 9 am CET

  • MisinfoCon @ IJF Agenda


    • Servicing an Information-Poor Community – U.S. Prisons and Jails - Lawrence Bartley (The Marshall Project)

    • Navigating the Online Threat Landscape for Election Defenders in 2022 - Jack Stubbs (Graphika)

    • Ad It Up: To Minimize Mis- and Disinformation, We Must Reshape the Ad Tech Business, Not Regulate Speech - Jessica Dheere (Ranking Digital Rights)

    • Investigating Media Manipulation Campaigns - Joan Donavan, Emily Dreyfuss, and Jane Lytvynenko (Harvard - Shorestein Public Policy Center)

    • What is Quality Vaccine Journalism? Workshopping Resources for Journalists and other Community Connectors - Connie Moon Sehat, Andrea Bras, Amy Zhang (NewsQ, (Analysis and Response for Trust Tool Project)

    • Midinformation (Not Misinformation) is Among Us — What is It, How do We Identify It, and What do We do about It? - Megan Marelli, Cat Ho (Meedan), Giovanni Zagni (Pagella Politica)

    • Exposing the People and Funding behind Websites and Digital Ads - Craig Silverman (ProPublica)

    • Panel: Conversations from the Ecosystem on how to Re-energize and Protect Free Expression and Local Journalists - Alan Rusbridger (Facebook Oversight Board), Daniela Pinheiro (UOL), Candice Fortman (Outlier Media), Wendi Thomas (MLK50)

  • Speakers

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    Lawrence Bartley

    Founder and Director, News Inside

    Lawrence Bartley is the founder and director of News Inside, the print publication of The Marshall Project which is distributed in hundreds of prisons and jails throughout the United States. News Inside is the recipient of the 2020 Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media. He is also the host and executive producer of Inside Story, a new video series delivering trustworthy reporting to incarcerated people and the broader public. Lawrence was a member of the team behind The Zo, winner of the 2021 Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence and Innovation and recipient of an Emmy nod in the area of News & Documentary. He is also an accomplished public speaker and has provided multimedia content for CNN, PBS, NBC Nightly -News, MSNBC and more.


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    Jack Stubbs

    VP Intelligence, Graphika

    Jack Stubbs is Vice President of Intelligence at Graphika, where he leads a team that specializes in detecting coordinated disinformation and influence campaigns. Previously he worked at Reuters news agency, reporting from more than 10 countries including Russia and Ukraine before moving to cover cybersecurity with a focus on information operations. Jack’s work has helped expose multiple state-backed efforts to manipulate online conversations, ranging from a global network of Iranian fake media outlets to a Russian hack-and-leak operation targeting the 2019 UK election.


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    Jessica Dheere

    Director, Ranking Digital Rights

    Jessica Dheere is the Director of Ranking Digital Rights. She is the founder, former executive director, and board member of SMEX, the Middle East’s leading digital rights research and advocacy organization. As a 2018–19 research fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, she launched the CYRILLA Collaborative. She is also a member of the 2019-20 class of Technology and Human Rights Fellow at Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Dheere has presented at the Internet Governance Forum, the Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy, RightsCon, and the International Journalism Festival.

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    Emily Dreyfuss

    Co-Lead, Harvard Shorenstein News Leaders Summit

    Emily Dreyfuss is senior editor, fellow, and co-lead of the Harvard Shorenstein Center News Leaders Summit. She was until 2019 the senior writer at WIRED, covering technology’s impact on society. She was a 2018 Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellow in Journalism Innovation at Harvard University, and previously worked at CNET as a senior editor. She cut her teeth in newspapers in Connecticut after graduating from Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in English. Dreyfuss' writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, The Correspondent, Business Insider and other publications.

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    Craig Silverman

    Journalist, ProPublica

    Craig Silverman is an award-winning journalist and author and one of the world's leading experts on online disinformation, fake news, and digital investigations. He is a reporter for ProPublica covering voting, platforms, disinformation, and online manipulation. Craig previously served as media editor of BuzzFeed News, where he pioneered coverage of digital disinformation and media manipulation. Craig is also the editor of the European Journalism Centre’s Verification Handbook series. These free online books offer world-class guidance on how to verify online content and investigate disinformation and media manipulation.

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    Jane Lytvynenko

    Senior Research Fellow Tasc Shorenstein Center

    Jane Lytvynenko is widely recognized as an industry leader in disinformation research and reporting. For the last four years, Jane has been working at BuzzFeed News to investigate and uncover online manipulators looking to dupe regular people. Her work has focused on the rise of conspiracy theories, hyperpartisan news, cryptocurrency scams, and extremism globally. During breaking news situations, Jane brings swift and accessible debunks to global audiences across mediums, including video, print, and social media. Many turn to her to sift truth from falsehoods in times of crisis. Her investigative work has uncovered a secretive extremist organization operating in the US, disinformation network operators who manipulate social media on behalf of state actors, and online hucksters seeking to scam people out of their livelihoods. Jane has also shown how the online world can impact people offline and how politicians frequently profit from the disinformation environment. In 2020, Jane won the prestigious Emerging Excellence award. The Digital Publishing Award jury called her “a global leader in debunking disinformation” and noted her “impact on global media and ability to lead and train others in this important field.” She is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Tech and Social Change Project at Shorenstein Center, Harvard University.

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    Connie Moon Sehat


    Connie Moon Sehat is Researcher at Large for Hacks/Hackers. She directs the NewsQ Initiative and is the Principal Investigator for ARTT (Analysis and Response for Trust Tool). Connie’s work has focused on the intersections of computing and democratic life, whether dissertating in German history, developing International Space Station software, or working on projects like the bibliographic Zotero, the New Orleans Research Collaborative. ELMO (election, human rights, and health monitoring) and most recently as a Senior Fellow for Media, Entertainment and Sport Industries at the World Economic Forum. Previously, she has worked for Global Voices, The Carter Center, Emory University, and The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

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    Andrea Bras


    Andrea is a research coordinator for ARTT (Analysis and Response for Trust Tool) and a strategist for NewsQ. She has a professional background in education, translation and editing. Her research interests include news credibility, media literacy, online challenges for linguistically diverse communities, and alternative education methodology.

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    Amy Zhang

    University of Washington

    Amy X. Zhang is an assistant professor at the University of Washington's Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering. Previously, she was a 2019-20 postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University's Computer Science Department after completing her Ph.D. at MIT CSAIL in 2019, where she received the George Sprowls Best Ph.D. Thesis Award at MIT in computer science. During her Ph.D., she was an affiliate and 2018-19 Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, a Google Ph.D. Fellow, and an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Her work has received a best paper award at ACM CSCW, a best paper honorable mention award at ACM CHI, and has been profiled on BBC's Click television program, CBC radio, and featured in articles by ABC News, The Verge, New Scientist, and Poynter. She is a founding member of the Credibility Coalition, a group dedicated to research and standards for information credibility online. She has interned at Microsoft Research and Google Research. She received an M.Phil. in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge on a Gates Fellowship and a B.S. in Computer Science at Rutgers University, where she was captain of the Division I Women's tennis team.


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    Megan Marrelli

    Program Manager, Meedan

    Megan Marrelli is a Canadian journalist and a program manager at Meedan where she is the lead for the journalism collaboration program Pop-Up Newsroom. In her spare time she is a freelance investigative reporter for Type Media Center. Previously, Megan has been a News Associate Producer on Netflix's Peabody award-winning show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, and Digital Editor at the Globe and Mail. She holds a Master of Science from the Columbia Journalism School and lives in New York City.

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    Cat Ho

    Director of Business Development, Meedan

    Cat Ho is currently the Director of Business Development at Meedan. Her previous work experience includes sales strategy and operations at Facebook, as well as banking and management consulting. Cat has an MBA from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), an MA in International Studies from The Lauder Institute at UPenn, and a dual BS/BA in Business Administration/Linguistics from University of California, Berkeley. Cat is an academic linguist and polyglot who speaks four languages at a business level: English, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese.

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    Giovanni Zagni

    Editor-in-Chief, Pagella Politica

    Giovanni Zagni is editor-in-chief of Pagella Politica, the main Italian fact-checking website. Previously he worked at the online news websites Il Post and Linkiesta.it.

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    Alan Rusbridger

    Editor, Prospect Magazine

    Alan Rusbridger is editor of Prospect Magazine. Previously he was editor-in-chief of The Guardian from 1995 to 2015 and the Principal of Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford. He also chairs the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and sits on the Facebook Oversight Board.

    In 2014 he received the Right Livelihood Award in Stockholm, the European Press Prize and the Ortega y Gasset Award in Madrid and led the Guardian to the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, shared with the Washington Post.

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    Daniela Pinheiro

    Columnist, UOL

    Daniela Pinheiro is the first woman appointed editor-in-chief of a weekly magazine in Brazil. A former JSK Knight Fellow in Journalism at Stanford University and at The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford, she was the editor-in-chief of the weekly news and analysis magazine Época from February 2018 until September 2019. During Pinheiro's tenure, Época was awarded twice in the Best Media of the Year category by Aberje, and Prêmio Colunistas awarded it Best Magazine in the Country. In September 2019, Pinheiro resigned – along with five editors and five columnists— after attacks from President Jair Bolsonaro and his family.

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    Candice Fortman

    Executive Director, Outlier Media

    Candice Fortman is the executive director of Outlier Media. She also hosts News Guest, a podcast that explores practical advice from entrepreneurs changing the news business. Candice is a 2021 alumnus of the John S. Knight (JSK) Community Impact Fellowship at Stanford University. In addition, she is an advisor to OpenNews, and sits on the board of Cityside, which operates Oaklandside and Berkeleyside.

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    Wendi Thomas

    Editor and Publisher, MLK50

    Wendi C. Thomas founded MLK50: Justice Through Journalism in 2017 as a one-year project that grew into a nonprofit newsroom that focuses on poverty, power and public policy in Memphis. She is a member of ProPublica’s 2020 Local Reporting Network and was in its 2019 LRN cohort.

    Previously, Thomas was metro columnist and assistant managing editor at The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. She has also worked for The Charlotte Observer, The (Nashville) Tennessean and The Indianapolis Star. Thomas was a 2016 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

  • Workshops

    Attend one of these Amazing afternoon workshops!

    Mixed Reality & Privacy​

    Facilitated by: Mozilla

    This workshop will explore privacy, safety and ethical issues in mixed reality and identify risks and mitigations that might be societal and legal rather than technical. Participants will learn about the unique considerations in MR, try out devices, and share their experiences working with similar emerging technologies. As an outcome, we aim to 1) create a taxonomy of harms associated with MR and 2) outline a primer directed at regulators and legislators to help them understand the technology and risks.

    Towards Radical Transparency: Data Needs of Independent Researchers Studying Disinformation

    Facilitated by: Mozilla

    This workshop will explore what kind of data transparency is actually needed from the major platforms (Facebook/Google/YouTube/Twitter) in order for researchers and journalists to study disinformation and election interference. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences in actually cooperating with the platforms and receiving data from them, identifying areas of opportunity as well as challenges. As an outcome we aim to build a set of policy recommendations to guide emergent thinking around data sharing between companies and researchers in a manner that protects user privacy first and foremost.

  • Related Workshops

    Attend a related workshop on the margins of MisinfoCon London!

    Online Disinformation & Civil Society Participatory Learning Workshop​

    Facilitated by: Oxford Internet Institute, October 24

    On October 24th, the Oxford Internet Institute's Computational Propaganda Team will be hosting a half-day interactive workshop on civil society and computational propaganda. The aims of this workshop are to equip attendees with working understanding of the operation of bots, junk news producers and social media manipulation; work together to outline potential ways civil society groups might encounter these issues; and explore avenues for preparation and response. Our workshops will feature three lightening presentations:

    1. Online Mis/Disinformation: Lessons from the European Parliamentary Elections
    2. Computational Propaganda and Junk News: The “Nuts” & “Bolts" 
    3. Social Media Manipulation in Iran: Implications for Civil Society 
    Space is limited to accommodate intimate conversations. Register here.
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