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    MisinfoCon @ MozFest 2022: A Global Online Summit on Misinformation

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  • What is this event?

    After serving as MozFest volunteer in 2018, 2019 and Wrangler in 2021, Ahmed X. Medien is organizing this partner/sattelite track event on harms posed by misinformation; the policy principles of information integrity online and a vision for activating trust and safety measures and metrics on online social platforms.


    Ahmed X. Medien is a Sstems Engineer turned community organizer. With 10+ years managing internet ventures and not-for-profit community projects and chairing global conferences, his work revolves/resolves around convening multistakeholder voices on the online debate around online safety and content governance principles in different regions, political contexts, affecting several community groups and communities of interest.


    This satellite track will run from March 7-11 on MozFest Plaza through individual Zoom rooms. Be there or be square.

    MisinfoCon @ MozFest 2022

    This event will feature a host of topics and presentations on these topics. We encourage our audience to engage with our content and all current policy and tech conversations on media literacy, information access, truthfulness, content authenticity, election and information integrity, and bad incentives in the ecosystem. We will additionally bring back again conversations about trust in media institutions and digital platforms as the dominant brokers of information, science scientists, and governments.


    This global online summit will focus on the challenges that misinformation raises for the information ecosystem, government, and platforms in four areas: trust, content moderation and democratic speech, election, and regulating disinformation. We invite civil society, the policy, academic, research, and technology community to join us in learning about current projects and initiatives and brainstorm practical applications and recommendations related to these topics.

    • Misinformation and free democratic debate: Free democratic speech and debates are integral to democratic societies. The COVID-19 pandemic put forth realistic trade-offs between public health safety and how much people can say online. It was also an opportunity for governments and authoritative institutions to partner with internet and social platforms and gain further reach for their content with new audiences.


    • Misinformation and elections:  2022 will be a year full of elections with several general elections in many large democracies in different parts of the world such as the US, India, Brazil, France, Kenya (full list). Close to 2 billion people around the world will head to the polls to cast votes for their next representatives in government. The fragility of the information ecosystem we all share makes for the challenges with election misinformation and election integrity in general. In several parts of the world, elections are catalyst social events that bring misinformation to the foray of society. Competing interests, geopolitics, and domestic instability are major contributing factors to election misinformation and hyperpolarization in other democracies.


    • Regulating disinformation: New legislation to regulate dis- and misinformation have sprung up in several digital markets around the world, from Turkey to India, Singapore, Egypt, Brazil, the EU, UK, the US, Canada (the list is far from being exhaustive). 2022 will be a year where several of these bills may come into effect with a direct impact on online speech, the democratic discourse, and elections. We are inviting organizations, facilitators, regulators, and practitioners to dissect the laws that aim to govern platforms, entrust a new culture of transparency, data share, and codifying platform accountability into law.


    • Restoring trust as public value: While detection and prevention of future large-scale manipulation efforts is critical, so too are media literacy efforts related to the general inoculation of the public to misinformation campaigns. Finland, recently deemed as the most resilient to disinformation according to the Open Society Institute’s Media Literacy Index, has been held up as a model for its multi-level approach to media literacy education.
  • Satellite Track Agenda

    Featured Sessions

    - Around the world: Models and Interventions that Work for Promoting Information Integrity and Combatting Disinformation - Daniel Arnaudo (National Democratic Institute), Maria (Malu) Luiza, Chishaba Masengu (CheckFacts Zambia), Justin Arenstein (CodeForAfrica)


    - Countering Misinformation through the Power of Influence - Hannah Ajakaiye (ICFJ Knight Fellow), Ann Ngengere (Fathm), Alphonce Shiundu (AfricaCheck.Org).


    - Navigating the Online Threat Landscape for Election Defenders in 2022 - Dr. John W. Kelly (Graphika)


    - Intersectionality and Gendered Disinformation Targeting Women in Politics - Devan Hankerson (Center for Democracy and Technology), Gabriela De Oliveira (Head of Policy, Research and Campaigns (she/her), Glitch UK ), Irene Mwendwa (Program Manager, Advocacy & Feminist Movement Building Programs, Pollicy, Uganda)


    - Memes, Moods & Manipulation – New opportunities for disinformation research on Tiktok - Marcus Bosch (HAW-Hamburg), Ciaran O'Connor (Institute for Strategic Dialogue), Abbie Richards (independent TikTok researcher)


    - How Veteran Wikipedia Editors Moderate Content, Enforce Verification Rules On The world’s Largest Online Encyclopedia - Netha Hussain, Ksenia Coffman, Ajna Harrar (Independent Wikipedia editors)


    - How Marketers Can End The Disinformation Crisis, A Review of Ad-fueled Information Disorder - Claire Atkin and Nandini Jammi (CheckMyAds), Craig Silverman (ProPublica), Nevin Thompson (Credibility Coalition)


    - Unbiased news, restoring trust in hyper-polarized media landscape, and lessons learned from a collaborative “rapid response” project addressing election mis/disinformation - Arjun Moorthy (TheFactual.Com), Kate Stabird (UW-CIP, Internews), Maghann Rhynard-Geil (Internews)


    - Wikipedia and The Science of Knowledge Integrity, Miriam Redi, Diego Saez-Trumper (Wikimedia Foundation Research Team)


    - The Disinformation Ecosystem in 2022: New, Authentic, and Recurring Actors, Rachel Levey (ActiveFence)


  • Project Initiator, Lead

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    Event Chair and Programme Lead

    Ahmed is the visionary, chair and programme lead behind this event. He is a global convener of multistakeholder voices on the subjects of information integrity online, on social platforms, societal cohesion and trust in new emerging technologies and institutions. A systems engineer by training, he has taken the role of community organizer leader in past years demonstrating a robust combination of strategic leadership in the non-profit world, operational prowess, fundraising and strategic partnerships development. Ahmed has organized and chaired several global conferences in academia, industry, and civil society about trust online and disinformation. His expertise encompasses research, knowledge production, successful proposal writing and administration, human resources activation, interpersonal and culture-aware communication, mentoring, and coalition-building skills.

  • Speakers

    Daniel Arnaudo

    Advisor, National Democratic Institute

    Daniel Arnaudo is an advisor at NDI for information strategies, covering the intersection of democracy and technology with a special responsibility to develop programs tracking disinformation and promoting information integrity worldwide. Concurrently, he is a Cybersecurity Fellow at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies where he has worked on projects in Brazil, Myanmar, and the United States.

    Dr. John W. Kelly

    CEO, Graphika

    Dr. John W. Kelly is the founder and CEO of Graphika, a social media analysis firm founded on technology he invented that blends social network analysis, content analysis, and statistics to make complex online networks understandable to organizations so they can successfully navigate complex opportunities and threats in the digital world.



    Hannah Ajakaiye

    International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) Knight Fellow

    Hannah Ajakaiye is an award-winning journalist with The Nation, Nigeria’s widest circulating newspaper. A data enthusiast with a passion for development and social justice issues, Ojo has worked with Code for Africa to deliver data driven reports on water, sanitation and hygiene in Nigeria’s biggest cities. Hannah Ajakaiye is a recipient of the 2017 Newscorp Fellowship hosted by The Times of London and The Wall Street Journal and an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State Foreign Press Centers reporting tour on human trafficking.

    Nandini Jammi

    Founding Organizer, CheckMyAd

    Nandini is a keynote speaker, activist and co-founder of Check My Ads, a brand safety consultancy working with Fortune 500 companies and leading tech platforms. Nandini has been immersed in the world of brand safety & content moderation since 2016, when she began anonymously running Sleeping Giants, the award-winning social media campaign that successfully urged advertisers to block websites that carry hate speech and misinformation from their media buy.

    Craig Silverman

    Journalist, ProPublica

    Craig Silverman is an award-winning journalist and author and one of the world's leading experts on online disinformation, fake news, and digital investigations. He is a reporter for ProPublica covering voting, platforms, disinformation, and online manipulation. Craig previously served as media editor of BuzzFeed News, where he pioneered coverage of digital disinformation and media manipulation. Craig is also the editor of the European Journalism Centre’s Verification Handbook series. These free online books offer world-class guidance on how to verify online content and investigate disinformation and media manipulation.

    Claire Atkin

    Co-founder, CheckMyAds Institute

    Claire Atkin is co-founder of Check My Ads, the adtech industry's first watchdog. As a leading brand safety advocate, she is a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 brands, government officials, and national security researchers. Her work centers around building new sustainable standards in digital advertising while dismantling the ad-funded disinformation economy.



    Marcus Bösch


    Marcus works as TikTok researcher and consultant. He publishes the leading subscriber newsletter Understanding TikTok and is a research fellow at HAW Hamburg. Marcus is a trained journalist and has worked with Deutsche Welle, Germany's International Broadcaster for more than fifteen years. He co-founded the game studio the Good Evil and the augmented & virtual reality studio Vragments. In 2021 Marcus has published two reports on TikTok and the German Federal Election for the Mozilla Foundation.

    Ciaran O’Connor

    Institute of Strategic Dialogue, author of Hatescape: An In-Depth Analysis of Extremism and Hate Speech on TikTok

    Ciaran O’Connor is an Analyst at ISD, working in the Research and Policy Unit. Ciaran specializes in using open-source research to track and monitor disinformation and extremism online, with a particular focus on far-right activity and communication across open and closed networks and platforms. Ciaran is currently working on multiple ISD projects in analysing the intersection of misinformation and extremism with COVID-19 on social media.

    Netha Hussain

    MD, Wikipedian

    Netha Hussain is an Indian-Swedish medical doctor, clinical neuroscientist, blogger, Wikipedian, researcher and medical analyst. She also goes by the username Netha Hussain in Wikipedia. She is known for her efforts to tackle the spread of misinformation in Wikipedia about the origin of the coronavirus.


    In mid 2020, she began focusing on creating and curating Wikipedia articles related to the COVID-19 pandemic in English, Malayalam and Swedish language editions. She has written nearly 30 articles in Wikipedia relating to COVID-19 including List of unproven methods against COVID-19 with the purpose of preventing the spread of misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic in internet and social media platforms.[7]

    She also launched WikiProject in order to improve and expand the information regarding the topics about the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines and about the COVID-19 vaccine safety in Wikipedia.[8][9]


    Anjan Harrar

    Digital Analysis Unit Lead, Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD)

    Anjna HarDr. Anjna Harrar, MBBS, BSc(Hons), MRCGP, DRCOG, DFSRH, PGDipDerm, DHMSA, is a general practitioner in the U.K.. She graduated from St. George's Hospital Medical School, London, and holds additional degrees in degrees in dermatology and history of medicine. She is the former president of the History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of Medicine

    Ksenia Coffman

    Volunteer Wikipedia Editor

    Ksenia Coffman became known as the World War II editor who made it her mission to remove Nazi glorification from the online encyclopedia. Ksenia made 96,000 individual contributions to Wikipedia since she started as a volunteer editor 7 years ago. She was recently profiled in a WIRED article about her role in correcting and moderating Nazi propaganda on Wikipedia

    Ben Whitelaw

    Editor, Everything In Moderation (EiM)

    Ben Whitelaw is a freelance journalist and consultant. Previously, he worked in digital and strategy roles at The Guardian and The Times of London before supporting independent media at the European Journalism Centre. Since 2018, he has written a newsletter about the future of content moderation and platform governance called Everything in Moderation.

    Ann Ngengere

    Associate at Fathm

    Ann is an associate at Fathm and a journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2021, she was the Social Editor of the Viral Facts project, a pioneering collaboration between Africa's fact-checkers and public health institutions to tackle health misinformation around vaccines and the COVID-19 pandemic and provide audiences with engaging fact-based health information.


    Prior to this, she was the Deputy Editor and Project Manager in charge of the Facebook Third-Party Fact-Checking Programme at PesaCheck, an initiative incubated by Code for Africa.


    Before joining the fact-checking space, Ann worked as an editorial researcher at Citizen Television, Kenya’s leading broadcaster.

    Alphone Shiundu

    Kenya country director, AfricaCheck.org

    Alphonce Shiundu is the country editor for Africa Check in Kenya. Africa Check is the continent’s leading independent, non-partisan organisation that assesses claims made in the public arena using journalistic skills and the latest publicly available evidence in order to correct false or misleading information and infuse honesty and accountability in public debate.


    He is an award-winning author, journalist and editor who worked in Kenya’s mainstream media houses specifically The Nation Media Group and The Standard Group Plc for over 12 years, before joining Africa Check in 2017 to set up and run the Nairobi office. He has expertise in fact-checking research, open-source intelligence, digital multimedia journalism, development communication, and publishing technologies.



    Abbie Richards

    TikToker and TikTok misinformation researcher.

    Abbie Richards is a TikToker and TikTok misinformation researcher. She specializes in understanding how misinformation, conspiracy theories, and extremism spread on TikTok and creates educational content which explains these complex issues to a wider audience. She believes that understanding our new world of information is a right, not a privilege, and should therefore be as accessible as possible. So she puts it on TikTok. She's amassed a multi-platform following of over half a million people who are interested in learning about these complex issues.


    Abbie is currently pursuing her MSc. where she studies the intersection of climate change and misinformation and she is a co-founder of EcoTok, an environmental Tiktok collective that specializes in social media-based climate communication.

    Maria Luiza (Malu) Mondelli

    Data Scientist, Institute of Technology and Society, Rio De Janeiro

    Maria Luiza is a Data Scientist at ITS Rio and works with research focused mainly on social network analysis and disinformation. Also, she is currently a Ph.D. student in Computational Modeling at the National Laboratory for Scientific Computing (LNCC). She holds a master's degree in Computational Modeling from LNCC and an undergraduate degree in Information and Communication Technology.

    Chishaba Masengu

    Project Manager, Check Facts Zambia

    Chishaba Masengu is a seasoned journalist with vast practice and training experience spanning over 25 years. Throughout his career, he has developed expertise ranging from mainstream media journalism, general communication science and project management. Today he is managing a BBC Media Action led Project called Check Facts Zambia. A project focusing on the demystification of Mis and Dis information and the art of information verification in the Journalism Sector. He has years of experience in journalism production, training and mentoring on subjects such as editorial skills.

    Kate Starbird

    Co-founder of the University of Washington's Center for an Informed Public

    Dr. Kate Starbird is an Associate Professor at the Department of Human-Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington (UW). Kate’s research is situated within human-computer interaction and the emerging field of crisis informatics—the study of how social media and other information-communication technologies are used during crisis events.


    Currently, her work focuses on the production and spread of online rumors, misinformation, and disinformation in the context of crisis events. Professor Starbird received her BS in Computer Science from Stanford (1997) and her PhD in Technology, Media and Society from the University of Colorado (2012). In 2019, she co-founded the UW Center for an Informed Public.

    Gabriela De Oliveira

    Head of Policy, Research and Campaigns (she/her), Glitch UK

    Gabriela worked across campaigning, policy, research and innovation in the nonprofit sector prior to joining Glitch. Her work includes policy and advocacy work with children at risk of exclusion, participatory research with LGBTQ+ care experienced people and campaigning for disability rights with people with MS.


    Her passion lies in working with people with lived experience to bring attention to social issues, pushing us to work across sectors to bring about the change we need. Her interest in data and AI ethics is driven by practical experience working with data and decision making in different services and contexts.


    Her previous work on digital harms focused on online gender-based violence, with a particular focus on intimate image abuse. Her own experience of prolonged self-exclusion from the digital space gives her a deep understanding of how online harm can impact people's lives. Gabriela has a strong ethos of collaboration and speaks English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, meaning she's always looking to collaborate across borders where possible.

    Irene Mwendwa

    Program Manager, Advocacy & Feminist Movement Building Programs, Pollicy, Uganda

    Program Manager, Advocacy & Feminist Movement Building Programs, Pollicy, Uganda. She is a Pan African feminist who advocates for women and girls’ rights with a focus in democratic governance. She engages with African Women’s Rights and Feminist Organisations to strengthen the institutions through Feminist Organisational Capacity Strengthing and advocacy for Women at the different Human Rights Systems. She co-convenes the Feministing While African (FWA) an online Safe Space for Conversations to navigate Feminism as Africans.

    DeVan Hankerson Madrigal

    Research Manager, Center for Democracy & Technology

    DeVan has spent her career working on communications policy and regulatory matters which expand consumer-side benefits derived from technology-based progress and innovation.


    Prior to joining the Institute, she developed experience both in third-party coalition management and policy advocacy as Senior Director of Public Policy and Government Relations at the Goodfriend Group, a government relations, public policy, and digital advocacy firm. She began her career in D.C. in the public interest sector with the advocacy organization Multicultural Media, Telecom, and Internet Council (MMTC). While there, she led research on technology access issues with a specific focus on the impact of disruptive technologies, and worked on strategic advocacy championing the broad deployment of critical communications infrastructure.

    Nevin Thompson

    Community and Communications Lead, Credibility Coalition

    Nevin Thompson is Community and Communications Lead of, Credibility Coalition, a research community of journalists, researchers, and technologists that fosters collaborative approaches to understanding the veracity, quality and credibility of online information while developing approaches to address misinformation. Nevins organizes and facilitations the incubation of research collaborations, and presents and explains the subsequent results.

    Arjun Moorthy

    CEO and Co-Founder of TheFactual.com

    Arjun Moorthy is CEO and co-founder of The Factual, a company that uses AI to make it easy for people to get unbiased news on trending topics for a single affordable subscription. The Factual aims to address the increasing polarization of society that has driven 83% of people to say the news is biased. Arjun has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal and The Next Web, is featured in the award-winning book Savvy: Navigating Fakeness.


    Prior to founding The Factual, Arjun was Vice President of Business Development at HubSpot and led the company from an early stage through IPO. Arjun has a computer engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Stanford University.


    Miriam Redi

    Senior Research Scientist, Wikimedia Foundation

    Miriam Redi is a Research Scientist at the Wikimedia Foundation and Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London. Formerly, she worked as a Research Scientist at Yahoo Labs Barcelona, Yahoo Research London and Nokia Bell Labs in Cambridge. She received her PhD from EURECOM, Sophia Antipolis. She conducts research in social multimedia computing, working on fair, interpretable, multimodal machine learning solutions to improve knowledge equity.

    Diego Sáez-Trumper

    Senior Research Scientist, Wikimedia Foundation

    Diego is a Senior Research Scientist at Wikimedia Foundation, where he is researching how to support the Wikimedia movement trying to apply the best possible tools that the massive data analysis techniques can provide. Prior to joining the Wikimedia Foundation, he was a post-doctoral researcher at Yahoo! Labs and Research Scientist at Eurecat, Data Scientist at NTENT, and part-time lecturer at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. His research interests include Online Disinformation, Diffusion of information, innovation, and influence in online social networks; User modeling; Free knowledge; Relationship between social and mainstream media; Algorithms on graphs; and privacy issues.

    Justin Arenstein

    Co-Founder, Code For Africa

    Justin Arenstein is the founder and executive director of Africa's largest investigative technology and data journalism initiative, Code for Africa (CfA). CfA operates technology labs in seven African countries and works with newsrooms in a further 22 countries.

    Prior to founding CfA, Arenstein established and ran southern Africa's largest independent investigative news agency, AENS, after being fired from the Caxton Group in 1994 for campaigning for equal pay for black and white journalists. AENS grew into regional social justice wire service, winning a string of international journalism awards for its investigative reports on corruption and state capture.

    Rachel Levy

    Head of Geopolitical Risk, ActiveFence

    Rachael is the Head of Geopolitical Risk at ActiveFence, where she leads the company’s services and solutions for misinformation, disinformation, and emerging trends. She has nearly 20 years of experience in security, defense, journalism, and international relations both in the private sector and academic world. This included over a decade of work in B2G activities and managing web intelligence teams in a range of applications, services, and products.


    Rachael holds a B.A. in Government, Strategy, and Diplomacy from Reichman University and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Tel Aviv University where she specialized in regional and international policies in the Arabian Gulf.

    Meghann Rhynard-Geil

    Humanitarian Director, Internews

    Meghann began her career with a Masters in Public Policy at Oregon State University, focusing on program quality and design, with an especial focus on community driven development practices.


    She has since worked in International Development in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning and as a Technology for Development Advisor, focusing on ethical and accessbile integration and use of ICT tools (particularly social media and messaging tools) for information sharing, feedback mechanisms, early warning systems, and communicating with program participants. In the last two years, she has supported and lead several initiatives to explore the nexus of digital mis- and disinformation and humanitarian crises.

    Stijn Aelbers

    Senior Humanitarian Advisor, Internews

    Rachael is the Head of Geopolitical Risk at ActiveFence, where she leads the company’s services and solutions for misinformation, disinformation, and emerging trends. She has nearly 20 years of experience in security, defense, journalism, and international relations both in the private sector and academic world. This included over a decade of work in B2G activities and managing web intelligence teams in a range of applications, services, and products.


    Rachael holds a B.A. in Government, Strategy, and Diplomacy from Reichman University and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Tel Aviv University where she specialized in regional and international policies in the Arabian Gulf.