International Forum on COVID-19 Social Media Disinformation

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Public Event: Virtual Event
Jun 16

This online event — the first in a series hosted by the George Washington University’s Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics (IDDP) — will highlight the false, misleading and dangerous social media content regarding the COVID-19 pandemic that harms the health and financial security of consumers in the United States and around the world. United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova will open the event with remarks.

The event will be streamed online and open to the public. Each panel will include a question-and-answer session. 

Media interested in attending must register online. For any questions, please contact Jason Shevrin at [email protected] or 202-994-5631. 

Opening Remarks

  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi, speaker, US House of Representatives
  • Vera Jourova, vice president, European Commission for Values and Transparency

COVID-19 Public Health Disinformation Panel

  • Rep. David Cicilline, chairman, US House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law
  • Sen. Patty Murray, ranking member, US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
  • Damian Collins, member of Parliament, United Kingdom
  • Duncan Maru, senior faculty, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Jasmine Weiss, postdoctoral fellow, Yale School of Medicine
  • Frank Sesno, director, GW School of Media and Public Affairs (moderator)

COVID-19 Scams and Profiteering Panel

  • Rep. Jan Schakowsky, chair, US House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection
  • Sen. Richard Blumenthal, member, US Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees
  • Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, member of Parliament, Canada
  • Randy Smith, RESET Home house parent, RESET Mentoring
  • Sonya Stokes, assistant clinical professor of emergency medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Frank Sesno, director, GW School of Media and Public Affairs (moderator)