A Call to Action: Launching the First World War of the Disinformation Age

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Calling all journalists, technologists, data scientists, cryptographers, artists, designers, librarians, social scientists, poets, psychologists, students, educators, researchers, lawyers, strategists, gamers, mathematicians, biologists, physicists, computer scientists, judges, epidemiologists, activists, puzzle enthusiasts, …!

We need imaginative, clever, absurd, and unexpected ideas and strategies to address one of the urgent complex challenges of our time, the viral spread of disinformation through social networks.

On August 6, 2019 let’s meet (here at Make+Think+Code in Portland if you can) and in smaller groups wherever you are to create a coordinated plan of how to use all the tactics we’ve gathered to strategically win this war. 

We’ll focus on three significant areas most impacted by disinformation (regionally and globally): Politics and elections, health, medicine, and environment, and the fomenting of bigotry and violence.



Session 1: 12:30pm - 4:30pm

Focus on strategies to identify, reveal, gather disinformation. Emphasize policy and process, awareness and education, imaginative campaigns, actions, and interventions.

12:00 - Register, Find a Table, Gather lunch

12:45- 1:20 - Introducing the Project: Goals, Plan for the Day. Participant Introductions

1:20 - 2:05 - Collect Specific issues we’d like to focus on to begin with

2:10 - 2:50 - Brainstorm tactics, strategies in groups

2:50 - 3:15 - Research and Resources

3:15 - 3:45 - Action: Come together and create an action plan. Next steps.

3:45 - 4:00 - Design the Project: Brainstorm message/tagline for project, tag, icons

4:00 - 5:00 - Reception, conversation, opportunities for collaboration

Session 2: 4:30pm - 8:30pm

Focus on strategies to subvert, confound, and resist disinformation: technological, creative, cultural tactics Experiment with actions and interventions that reveal weaknesses and glitches in networks of disinformation.

4:00 - Reception, conversation, register, find a table

4:45 - Introduction to the project. Participant Introductions

5:00 - 5:30 - Review issues from 1st session; add to the list

5:30 - 6:00 - Review tactics/action list from earlier. Brainstorm tactics, strategies

6:00 - 7:00 - Plan specific actions, projects, and events.

7:00 - 7:30 - Update: Research, Resources, Project Story, Timeline

7:30 - 8:00 - Action: finalize action plan, next steps

 - Conclusion and Conversation

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