Fake News and Elections: What We Need to Know Before Heading to the Polls

Thursday, October 3, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT (UTC–04:00)
Public Event: Community Event

As Canadians head to the polls on October 21 for the federal election, is fake news and social media impacting our elections?

Join us for a discussion with Darrell Bricker, CIGI Senior Fellow and CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs who will share what we need to know this election season and explain social media's role in propagating fake news. The discussion — moderated by Aaron Shull, CIGI Managing Director and General Counsel — will pull findings from this year's CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust that found the majority of users surveyed feel that the political discourse in their country has been negatively affected as a result of the pervasiveness of fake news online. Given the impact of trust, or lack thereof, on users’ behavior both online and offline – there are many ways this information can assist in making important decisions about policy and resource managements.

The 2019 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust, was conducted by Ipsos on behalf of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), in partnership with the Internet Society (ISOC) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The Survey, launched in 2014 and now in its fifth year, is the world’s largest and most comprehensive survey of internet security and trust, involving more than 25,000 internet users in over two dozen countries.

This presentation will also be broadcast on Facebook Live during the event via the CIGI Facebook page.

Event Speakers

Darrell Bricker is a CIGI senior fellow. He specializes in polling, quantitative research methods and public opinion research.

Aaron Shull is the managing director and general counsel at CIGI. He is a senior legal executive and is recognized as a leading expert on complex issues at the intersection of public policy, emerging technology, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection.