Ethics of Fake News forum, March 14

The College of Business will host its 16th Annual Ethics and Responsible Business Forum on Wednesday, March 14. This year’s topic is the Ethics of Fake News: Who controls the future of democracy?

“Democracy is predicated upon officials and activists being able to convey their ideas through communication channels that do not twist their messages, and a public who can be informed of the policy facts and proposals before voting,” states the flyer for the event.

The Ethics and Responsible Business forum will answer questions such as: “What impact has fake news on the public’s understanding of the world, and on the proper functioning of democracy? Is it viable to use computer-generated algorithms to root out ‘fake news’ from genuine reporting? How can we educate people in how to assess and use different sources of news? Are governments themselves the perpetrators of fake news, and what are they doing to solve this problem?”

There will be two keynote speakers. Mark Scarberry is a Professor of Law at the Pepperdine University School of Law. Renee DiResta is a tech entrepreneur and researcher who lives in San Francisco.

The discussion is open to everyone. It will be 2-5 p.m. in the U.C. Ballroom.

This free event is sponsored by the College of Business, College of Science, and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences with support from Associated Students.

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