Media, Misinformation and Democracy
October 29, 2018 | New York, NY
Anya Schiffrin, Columbia University
Meredith Broussard, New York University

New York, NY—On October 29, 2018, the WFPG hosted a Beyond the Headlines discussion on Media, Misinformation and Democracy with Anya Schiffrin, career journalist and director of the Technology, Media and Communications specialization at Columbia University's SIPA, and Meredith Broussard, author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World and assistant professor at NYU. Schiffrin focused her remarks on the solutions being discussed by stakeholders, breaking them out into five buckets: regulation, tech fixes, efforts to promote media literacy, investing in journalism, and efforts to rebuild faith in journalism. The following discussion with Schiffrin and Broussard covered regulatory efforts (including GDPR and the anti-hate speech laws in Germany), computational literacy as a means of empowerment, especially for women, techno-chauvinism and the shortcomings of machine learning to address structural bias, and media capture. The program was co-sponsored by the Institute for International Education.

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Anya Schiffrin and Meredith Broussard open the discussion
Anya Schiffrin discusses potential solutions

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Anya Schiffrin responds to questions

Meredith Broussard moderates the discussion


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Denny Taylor and Dion van Tonder of the Consulate General of South Africa listen to the discussion

Ambassador Joanna Wronecka,
Permanent Representative of Poland to the UN

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Ambassador Teuta Sahatquiha,
Consul General of Kosovo in New York

Audience members during the discussion


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Denny Taylor with Elisabeth Shuman and Anne-Marie Carlson of the Committee on Teaching about the UN

Anya Schiffrin and Meredith Broussard

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Dion van Tonder speaks with Anya Schiffrin
Meredith Broussard signs a copy of her recent book