(Mis)informed Symposium

(Mis)informed: Propaganda, Disinformation, Misinformation, and Our Culture

With our move into METRO’s new state-of-the-art space, we transitioned from planning one big multi-track conversations each year into running multiple smaller, more intimate conversation around topics that are urgent to our field. 

I developed, designed, planned, and facilitated a conversation on misinformation. The event was held at METRO Library Council on June 1, 2018.

Our culture is overwhelmed with instances of incorrect information in many forms. From foreign actors to our social connections, misleading and often dangerous information has seemingly co-opted our online and offline spaces.

On Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1, 2018 METRO hosted a symposium on the nature of falsified information. We investigated the (social) media environment that allows incorrect information to thrive, sought a better understanding of the actors behind these events, and waxed philosophical about the current state of counterfeit information and what this foreshadows about the library, archives, and museums community. And we teased out concrete actions to take to better information our communities and ourselves.

Watch the youtube playlist.


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Registration / light breakfast snacks

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Opening keynote
danah boyd, president & founder, Data & Society

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Contextualizing the Issues

Present-Truth: Navigating the World of Fake (and Real) News with Ben Himmelfarb, White Plains Public Library

Who Pays for “Free” Information? Online News and Native Advertising with Rachel King, LIU Brooklyn

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Midday keynote with David Carroll, The New School

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Lunch (offsite)

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Conversation: The history of propaganda & the myth of library neutrality

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Technical Problems, Technical Solutions?

What Do You Meme it’s Not Credible? Using Memes to Counter Misleading Information with Christina Boyle, College of Staten Island

What’s New in Fake News Detection: Do automatic detection apps really work? with Darcy Gervasio, SUNY Purchase

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Data & Society Breakout Discussions

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Happy Hour / Propaganda Party with Interference Archive