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Disinformation and Democracy: Civic Discourse in the Digital Age

Politics & Public Policy

Disinformation and Democracy: Civic Discourse in the Digital Age

2021 City Club Annual Meeting

Friday, October 29, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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Our Annual Meeting and livestream will begin at 12:00 pm; the forum and featured speaker will follow at 12:30 pm.

More than 150 years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville noted that it is easier for the public to accept a simple lie rather than a complex truth. With the advent of digital and social media and today’s diverse, highly polarized society, it feels as though this adage is being used to quickly dismantle American democracy.

In her book, "How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict", Nina Jankowicz takes us on a journey through five Western governments' responses to Russian information warfare tactics - all of which have failed. While America has finally begun to wake up to the threat of online warfare, Ms. Jankowicz, a Global Fellow at The Wilson Center, has spent years in Central and Eastern Europe advising governments on the front lines of the information war.

Join us, in-person at the City Club for our 2021 Annual Meeting, where Nina Jankowicz will discuss what is at stake in this moment: the future of civil discourse and democracy, and the value of truth itself.

A Cultural Exchange, a nonprofit multicultural arts and literacy project, will be on site for book sales.

The City Club is going green! Click here for the digital program.

Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.

Effective October 1, the City Club will be requiring ticketholders to provide proof of Covid vaccination or a recent negative Covid test. Email with any questions.

Production and distribution of City Club forums in partnership with Ideastream Public Media is generously provided by PNC and the United Black Fund.

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