We are pleased to welcome political scientist Jennifer Kavanagh of the non-profit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation, whose pioneering work on "Truth Decay" helps us understand how trust in facts, science, and reason is being eroded across our culture. As part of the Countering Truth Decay initiative, she and a team of RAND researchers take a sweeping, systemic view of the problem, and offer ideas for how we might address this disturbing set of trends.
We'll also be joined by disinformation researcher Samantha North, whose focus is on tribalism and how disinformation seeks to exploit existing fissures and divisions within our society. And she believes the design of social media platforms tends to make things worse still. North sees tribalism as a major ongoing threat to democracy and civil society, and offers ideas about how we can better understand this weakness and how to protect ourselves.
Kavanagh and North will each give short TEDx-style talks and then join TEDxMidAtlantic co-curator (and disinformation researcher) Dave Troy for a conversation, and your questions!