Sunday May 19th at 7 for 7.30pm
At Daniel Hall, Long Garden Walk, Farnham, GU9 7HX
Dr Mike Flood has been researching into ‘fake news’ and disinformation for the last two years and has set up the Fighting Fake website to help raise public awareness of the threat.
In ‘post-truth’ Britain facts and opinions have become interchangeable, and social media and fake websites are used to tout false information, hate speech and conspiracy theories, including material churned out on an industrial scale by hostile foreign powers. This has consequences: it has contributed to a polarisation of opinion, the rise of the Alt Right, and a haemorrhaging of trust in traditional sources of information and authority.
Mike’s talk will set the ‘fake news’ phenomenon in context and explain what can and is being done to tackle it. The problem, he says, is not going away anytime soon and may well get worse!
Mike is chair of Milton Keynes Humanists. He has worked in the non-profit sector for most of his professional career, in adult education, environmental policy and international development.