Join us on Friday, February 7 for a screeing of Operation Infektion, a concise and well-resourced film produced by the New York Times, followed by a panel discussion. The film looks at the history, tactics and objectives of Russian “active measures," and the use of disinformation to manipulate opinion and undermine democracy and trust in our institutions.
Our panelists will discuss one of the most critical and challenging issues facing Western democracies and the integrity of our elections: the political deployment of disinformation and false news.
Book now for a night focusing on the disinformation and manipulation voters were exposed to in the 2016 election, and how citizens can respond to these challenges in the 2020 race.
Watch interviews with former KGB spies, U.S. State Department officials and disinformation experts explain how techniques developed and perfected in the Soviet Union over several decades have been enhanced and refined to adapt them to the modern world and contemporary technology. According to one of the interviewees, these techniques exploit the potential of the internet and social media to “deceive, manipulate, confuse and sow chaos” with often preposterous lies, on an unprecedented scale.
We will discuss and explore strategies on how to prepare for and counter these measures: how voters can protect themselves, recognize and deal with disinformation, and what we should lobby lawmakers and regulators to do.
Time: 7 - 9:30 p.m. Doors open for check-in at 6:30
Place: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, London, WC2A 3LJ
Tickets: £12.50 Regular, £6.00 Concessions (students, senior citizens, unwaged). Book here.
Edward Lucas, who appears in the film, is a journalist and expert in energy, intelligence and cyber-security issues. He has covered Central and Eastern European affairs since 1986, writing, broadcasting, and speaking on the politics, economics, and security of the region. Formerly a senior editor at The Economist, he is also a senior vice-president at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). A well as writing a regular column for The Times and editing Standpoint, he is the author of The New Cold War, Deception, The Snowden Operation and Cyberphobia.
Kyle Taylor is the founder and director of Project Fairvote UK, a consultancy and advocacy group focusing on data misappropriation in elections and big tech regulation. He has advised an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) of Members of the UK Parliament on Electoral Campaigning Transparency which produced an election safeguarding report in late 2019. He is also working with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on these issues.
LSE Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3LJ
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