Tackling Disinformation: Strengthening Democracy through Information Integrity

November 13, 2023
08:30 - 08:45
Opening remarks
GiedrėBalčytytė (Government of the Republic of Lithuania)MathiasCormann (OECD)
08:45 - 09:45
Session 1: Toward a common framework to tackle disinformation and strengthen information integrity
Implementing effective public policies to tackle the spread of false or misleading information and assessing their impact is the next frontier in governments' efforts to ensure a plural and high-quality information society. This high-level panel will focus on developing common guidelines on combating misinformation and strengthening the integrity of information as a necessary effort to strengthen democracy.
EileenDonahoe (U.S. Department of State)Anne-ClaireLegendre (Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, France)ElsaPilichowski (OECD)JulianeSeifert (Federal Ministry of the Interior & Community, Germany)
09:45 - 10:15
Coffee break
10:15 - 11:45
Session 2: Coordinating within and across governments – priorities and challenges
Governments have identified internal and international coordination as particular challenges in implementing efforts to strengthen the information space. This session will explore the challenges and lessons learned in putting in place institutional architectures and governance practices to tackle disinformation, including through developing national strategies, establishing offices and agencies, and capacity building of public officials.
JulioBacio Terracino (OECD)BaibaBraže (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia )BradleyEddison (Canada)Paulina Ibarra (Fundacion Multitudes)VilmantasVitkauskas (Chancellery of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania)
11:45 - 13:15
Lunch break
13:30 - 15:00
Session 3: Artificial Intelligence and disinformation – Separating myth from reality
New AI tools represent novel challenges to the information space, increasing opportunities to create and spread false and misleading information. Yet, how can we separate myth from reality? Panellists will present latest research on how artificial intelligence is used in the context of information operations, discuss AI tools that can be used for countering disinformation, and propose recommendations moving forward for policy-makers working on supporting information integrity.
Paul-AntoineChevalier (France)NoahGiansiracusa (Bentley University, USA)OanaGoga (Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France)SebastianHallensleben (VDE e.V.)JerrySheehan (OECD)
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break
15:30 - 17:00
Session 4: Development assistance and the fight against disinformation – Trends and lessons learnt
Inequalities and geopolitical tensions can provide fertile ground for disinformation campaigns, including foreign information manipulation and interference. Manipulated narratives and false information have the power to polarise societies and disrupt democratic processes, both domestically and internationally. This session will delve into the challenges faced by the development community in the face of disinformation operations. Moreover, it will explore strategies and available tools to strengthen information integrity by effectively integrating development issues.
María del PilarGarrido Gonzalo (OECD)JocelynGrange (CFI)Paul JoelKamtchang (ADISI-Cameroon)VeraZakem (U.S. Agency for International Development)
17:00 - 18:30