Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard

Harvard Kennedy School of Government | Harvard University

A Right to Truth? Information, Communication, and Democracy in the 21st Century

May 4, 2022, 9:00am-5:00pm
Rubenstein 414 A.B., the David Ellwood Democracy Lab, Harvard Kennedy School

Abstract

This interdisciplinary workshop is convened jointly by the Program on Science, Technology and Society (Sheila Jasanoff) and the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy (Mathias Risse) at the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as the Oxford Internet Institute (Philip Howard). The theme of the workshop sits at the intersection of various concerns: the massive spread of misinformation, disinformation, and fake news – as well as the characterizations of true but inconvenient reporting as fake. Workshop speakers will also explore the loss of trust in advice given and positions taken by scientific, economic, or political elites, against the backdrop of the decline in journalism as a “fourth estate.” Additionally, speakers will delve into how shared commitments to democratic governance has become less important than the victory of one’s own side in an election campaign and other matters. Registration is required, the agenda will be released soon.

Registration Instructions: This conference is in-person for Harvard University ID holders only and will have limited capacity. Advance registration is required with a Harvard email. We will notify you within one week of registration if your attendance is confirmed. Please notify us if you can no longer attend at least 48 hours prior to the event date.