Tackling Disinformation: Strengthening Democracy through Information Integrity


Please note that the times that appear below reflect your local time. All sessions will take place at CET Paris time.

All sessions will have simultaneous interpretation in French. Voir l'ordre du jour.  


1 : November 13, 2023
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.
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.
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.
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.
17:00 - 18:30


2 : November 14, 2023
08:15 - 08:30
Keynote remarks: The New Battlefield: When Information Becomes a Weapon
08:30 - 10:00
Session 5: Reinforcing healthy information ecosystems – regulatory perspectives
Who decides what the world sees, reads, and hears? This session will analyse the role regulation can play in minimizing systemic risks related to online and offline information spaces, including through more transparency obligations for online platforms and leveraging the role of traditional media.
10:00 - 10:30
Coffee break
Invited Remarks: Alberto Barachini, Undersecretary of State, Italy
10:30 - 10:45
Session 6: Lightning Talk: Brazil's approach to information integrity: Domestic and international perspectives and the role of G20
10:45 - 12:00
Session 7: How can information-sharing and regulation help unmask foreign interference?
Gathering information on sources, methods, and flows of information from abroad is critical to prevent interference in domestic democratic discourse and processes. This session will address how information-sharing and regulation must evolve to identify and prevent foreign information manipulation and interference, and to better understand the behaviours and actions of foreign malign actors in offline and online information spaces.
12:00 - 13:30
Lunch break
13:30 - 14:45
Session 8: Strengthening information integrity through whole-of-society partnerships – lessons to drive positive change
Governments cannot respond to threats posed by disinformation alone. New governance models designed to build the resilience of societies are needed. The focus of this panel will be to illustrate how governments can work more systematically and efficiently with non-governmental partners, researchers, and media organisations to design and implement effective policies to promote information integrity.
14:45 - 15:00
Session 9: Lightning talk: Lessons from Ukraine – What we have learned about responding to foreign information manipulation and interference
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break
15:30 - 17:00
Session 10: Investing in societal resilience – measuring what works
Have government interventions to build societal resilience to disinformation worked, and what do we mean by ‘success’? Understanding the goals and metrics that have been, or could be, established to promote information integrity will help identify effective policies and interventions. Answering these questions can also ensure goals are clear and respond to the larger objective of reinforcing democracy.