How does information shape our world? And how will we create a liveable future in a world awash in disinformation and misinformation? Info20/20 is rooted in the idea that we must approach our information environment with intentional design practices. We cannot simply subtract disinformation and misinformation and expect good results. We are called to craft a new information environment that is compatible with our values and with democracy.

Join us for a comprehensive hands-on Info20/20 Workshop Experience, and for TEDxMidAtlantic Salon: Info20/20 with perspectives spanning the fields of disinformation research, computer science, psychology, journalism, political science, and more. This is your chance to see our shared information future clearly — and with fresh eyes.

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Info20/20 Details

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Info20/20 Workshop Experience: 10:00AM to 4:30PM
TEDxMidAtlantic Info20/20 Salon: 5:00PM to 9:30PM
Location: Edward St. John Learning Center @ UMD
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Featured Salon Speakers

Dana Priest

Journalist

Dana Priest has been a reporter for The Washington Post for 30 years and is The Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Merrill College of Journalism. She covers mostly national security issues and has been a reporter and contributor to PBS FRONTLINE, NBC and CBS news and 60 Minutes.

Her awards include the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for “The Other Walter Reed” and the 2006 Pulitzer for her work on CIA secret prisons and counterterrorism operations as well as two Polk Awards.

She is author of two best-selling books, “THE MISSION: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America’s Military” which documents the military’s expanding influence over U.S. foreign affairs (2003), and Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State (2011).

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Lilliana Mason

Political Scientist

Lilliana Mason is associate professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and author of Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity (University of Chicago Press). She received her PhD in Political Psychology from Stony Brook University and her BA in Politics from Princeton University.

Her research on partisan identity, partisan bias, social sorting, and American social polarization has been published in journals such as American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Political Behavior, and featured in media outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and National Public Radio.

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Steven Hassan

Cult Expert

Steven Hassan M.Ed. LMHC, NCC, is an expert on Undue Influence, brainwashing and unethical hypnosis and author of the best-selling book, Combating Cult Mind Control.

For over forty years, he has helped thousands of individuals and families recover from undue influence (mind control). He is sought after as one of the foremost authorities on undue influence, brainwashing, deprogramming and controlling groups and individuals. Steve understands the subject from a unique perspective as both a former cult member and as a clinical professional.

Steven is the Founding Director of the Freedom of Mind Resource Center, a coaching, consulting, and training organization dedicated to supporting individuals to have the freedom to think clearly and to freely consider how they want to live their lives.

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Sarah Oates

Media + Democracy Scholar

Sarah Oates is a scholar in the field of political communication and democratization. A major theme in her work is the way in which the traditional media and the internet can support or subvert democracy in places as diverse as Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Prof. Oates also is the Research Director for the College and an affiliate professor in the UMD Department of Communication.

Prof. Oates has published many books, articles, chapters, and papers on topics including how the internet can challenge dictatorship, how election coverage varies in different countries, and how national media systems cover terrorism in distinctive ways. One of her most recent books, Revolution Stalled: The Political Limits of the Internet in the Post-Soviet Sphere (Oxford University Press) found faint hope for online mobilization in Russia.

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