Protests, the Pandemic, and Misinformation: A June 30 Virtual Panel

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By Mozilla | June 24, 2020 | Mozilla Festival

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The latest installment of Mozilla’s Dialogues & Debates series will explore mis- and disinformation related to COVID-19 and racial justice protests. Watch on Mozilla's Twitter or YouTube.

As millions of people around the world continue to shelter from the pandemic, internet platforms can keep us connected. These same platforms can also help people organize the ongoing protests for racial justice, sparked by George Floyd's killing.

But these platforms and the content that they amplify can also harm us. Fake cures, conspiracy theories about the pandemic’s origins, and fast-spreading, racist disinformation have become the status quo.

Why can’t we trust online platforms when we need them most? What are platforms doing to address the spread of mis- and disinformation? And which communities are most impacted by this problem?

On Tuesday, June 30, Mozilla hosted a virtual Dialogues & Debates to answer these questions and a host of others. Audience members were able to submit their questions ahead of time by tweeting @mozilla with the hashtag #DialoguesAndDebates.

Watch on Twitter.

Our 40-minute panel will feature:

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Julie Owono, Executive Director of Internet Without Borders and a Berkman Klein Fellow. Julie is developing solutions that allows content platforms to moderate hate and violence on their spaces, in a manner that is respectful of freedom of expression, especially in environments with strong political or ethnic antagonisms.

Twitter: @JulieOwono

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Neema Iyer, Founder of the civic technology company Pollicy and a Mozilla Creative Media Awardee. Neema recently launched "Choose Your Own Fake News," a web-based project exploring how misinformation spreads online in East Africa.

Twitter: @NeemaIyer

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Dia Kayyali, Program Manager, Tech & Advocacy at WITNESS. Dia coordinates WITNESS’ tech and advocacy work, engaging with technology companies and working on tools and policies that help human rights advocates safely, securely and ethically document human rights abuses and expose them to the world.

Twitter: @DiaKayyali

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Camille Francois, Chief Innovation Officer at Graphika and a Mozilla Fellow. Camille studies cyber conflict and digital rights online, and leads Graphika’s work to detect and mitigate disinformation, media manipulation and harassment online.

Twitter: @camillefrancois

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And Moderator Xavier Harding, content writer at Mozilla and former journalist. Prior to Mozilla, Xavier wrote for publications like The Markup, Mic and Popular Science. At Mic, Xavier won a Webby Award for his story on HBO’s Insecure and how the show’s cinematographer properly lights dark-skinned actors, despite most camera tech being calibrated against light skin.

Twitter: @iamxavier

Dialogues & Debates is Mozilla’s our speaker series that usually occurs in-person at MozFest each year. We’re expanding the series into virtual terrain, to bring internet users the information they need to understand and advocate for a healthy and humane digital world. Watch past Dialogues & Debates here.

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