Please join us for the UK Premier and Panel Discussion of Dis/Informed.
Dis/Informed is a deep-dive into conspiracy mentality and why we are so vulnerable to disinformation. We all like to assume that conspiracy is rare, and that those who believe it are stupid, or uneducated.
The directors, Katharina Viken and Dr Charles Kriel debunk this persistent myth, and look at the real psychological reasons behind believing disinformation. The film explores why conspiracy spills over into violence, how the pandemic has affected our flow of information, and in particular how women's online spaces are radicalised.
Why did the yoga and wellness movement fall wholesale for QAnon and other conspiracies? What are the dangerous trends happening in mothering and birthing forums online? Why do we see far right Nazi demonstrators blend with people who are against vaccinations?
Viken and Kriel work with Dr Imran Ahmed of Centre For Countering Digital Hate, whose report 'The Disinformation Dozen' reveal that most misinformation about vaccines springs from just 12 social media accounts. The 12 use the fact that the big social media platforms generate revenue by keeping the user engaged and on the platform, no matter how false and incendiary the content, to enrich themselves and gain devoted acolytes worldwide.
There is a huge difference between those who are hesitant about mainstream media or vaccines, and those who actively profit from spreading lies, thriving off division and hate. When will we as a society say 'enough'?
MODERATOR: First Specialist Disinformation Reporter at BBC
Marianna is a specialist reporter covering disinformation and social media for BBC News and BBC World Service. Working with the team at BBC Trending and others across BBC News.
She provides in-depth reports across a range of media – video, audio and text – and broadcast, breaking original stories, conducting in-depth investigations, and being available for on-air and online reporting. She focuses on reporting on and investigating the human impact and real-world consequences of viral falsehoods and conspiracies.
Chair of the Scrutiny Committee on the UK's Online Safety Bill at Parliament
Damian Collins is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament for Folkestone and Hythe since the 2010 general election. Collins chairs the UK Parliament Joint Committee on the Draft Online Safety Bill.
Ian Lucas is a Writer and Lawyer. Labour MP for Wrexham for 18 years and a former Minister, he was a member of the House of Commons Digital, Culture Media and Sport Select Committee between 2015 and 2019. He earned a reputation for rigorous questioning in its world-leading inquiry on “Disinformation and Fake News”. “Digital Gangsters”, his account of the Inquiry and the impact of social media on politics, is published in December.
Author, Campaigner, and Big Tech Regulation Expert
Kyle is the author of The Little Black Book of Data and Democracy - From innocent tweeting to an attempted coup.How social media threatens our very way of life - and what you can do about it.
He is a leading expert and campaigner on digital democracy reform and platform regulation.
He is also the founder and director of Fair Vote UK, which published whistleblower evidence of Vote Leave’s lawbreaking in the EU referendum and supported Chris Wylie’s whistleblower revelations around Cambridge Analytica’s global data theft and misappropriation.
Katharina’s latest works include People You May Know(Guardian ****), 3-part documentary series ‘Ari & Half the Kingdom’ for Scandinavian network NENT (formerly MTG), festival documentary Just a Number, and Netflix dramatic feature ‘Hard Tide’. In 2019, she shadowed director Douglas MacKinnon and showrunner Neil Gaiman on Good Omens (BBC/Amazon.)
Kat started as an actress, giving her a passion for story and character, and began her career producing, directing and starring in her award-winning short film “Of Her I Dream’, based on the true story of losing her mother to cancer.