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Critical Conversations: “The Bad and the Ugly: Internet Governance in an Era of Disinformation”

May 10, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

From communications, to media, to entertainment and social connection, the internet has become ubiquitous across the globe; an important, and some would say essential, part of modern life. However, what happens when the tremendous power and reach of the internet is misused and abused through propaganda, lies, and disinformation campaigns? How — and should? — the internet be governed, and by whom? Join us for this panel of Critical Conversations, where leading global experts will explore the nuances and dangers of digital rights violations, governance, and the definition of, and control over, truth, on the internet today.

About the speakers

Samantha Bradshaw is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Program on Democracy and the Internet and the Digital Civil Society Lab. Her fellowship work will examine the gender dimensions of disinformation, and how harassment and misogyny are used to suppress the political participation of women online. Samantha has published in leading academic journals, including New Media & Society, Internet & Policy, Internet Technology & Regulation, and the Columbia Journal of International Affairs. Her research and public writing has also been featured by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, the Globe and Mail, the Financial Times, and Bloomberg Magazine.

Mark Raymond (@ProfMarkRaymond) is the Wick Cary Associate Professor of International Relations and the Director of the Cyber Governance and Policy Center at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of Social Practices of Rule-Making in World Politics (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019). His work appears in various academic journals including International Theory, the Journal of Global Security Studies, Strategic Studies Quarterly, The Cyber Defense Review, the UC Davis Law Review, the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, and the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. He is also the co-editor of Organized Chaos: Reimagining the Internet (Waterloo: CIGI, 2014). He has contributed policy commentary to outlets including Lawfare and The Monkey Cage. He was a Senior Advisor with the United States Cyberspace Solarium Commission, and has testified before the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development, and participated in the Internet Governance Forum. He is an External Affiliate of the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University, and was previously a Fellow with the Center for Democracy and Technology as well as a Carnegie Fellow at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Moderated by Ann Fitz-Gerald, Director, Balsillie School of International Affairs.

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May 10, 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Balsillie School of International Affairs, 67 Erb Street West
Waterloo, ON Canada
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