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Stand with the Facts: Bots, Trolls & Your Vote

SEATTLE, WA — In this social media era, how we share information and what we share is changing – and with this change we’ve seen a rise in the spread of misinformation, disinformation and other forms of manipulation which not only mislead and create divisions, but also diminish trust in democratic institutions such as science and journalism. Misinformation is everywhere. From deep fakes to false stories, what will it mean for voters in 2020? And how can you spot it and stop it?

KUOW and the UW's Center for an Informed Public will address the issue of misinformation and how to spot it at Bots, Trolls and Your Vote, Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 -8:30 p.m., at UW Tacoma’s William W. Philip Hall. The event is free, registration is required at KUOW.org/events.

Join KUOW’s All Things Considered host Kim Malcolm and a panel of experts, including Washington’s Secretary of State, Kim Wyman and GeekWire Civic Editor, Monica Nickelsburg – as they explore these questions as well as what’s being done by industry, government and other institutions to confront the spread of misinformation and what you can do. Event organizers will provide a toolkit for guests to help them to be able to spot and stop misinformation and how can they engage with those who are sharing misinformation.

Moderator:

Kim Malcolm – All Things Considered host, KUOW

Featured guests:

Kim Wyman – secretary of state, Elections

Monica Nickelsburg – civic editor, GeekWire

More guests announced soon.

The Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington is a non-partisan organization that aims to address inaccurate information with fact-based analysis and research.

KUOW is a founding NPR member station, bringing sound stories and sound voices to the Puget Sound Region and beyond since 1952. With a weekly audience of over 500,000 listeners and over 50,000 contributing members, KUOW seeks to create and serve a more informed public. Tune in at 94.9 FM, visit KUOW.org, or tell your smart speaker to “Play KUOW.”

CONTACT

Bridget Anderson, banderson@kuow.org