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Defending Democracy from Misinformation and Fake News

In order for democracies to function effectively, citizens need transparent access to accurate information based on facts. Democratic institutions are being undermined by a proliferation of disinformation which creates chaos, division, and distrust. In many cases, citizens seem to live in parallel universes in which people believe in a completely different set of facts and live in different realities. What can be done to combat misinformation and help guarantee access to truthful, fact-based information?

On July 14, Nina Jankowicz, Global Fellow at the Wilson Center and Author of How to Lose the Information War; Prof. Dr. Hanna Klimpe, Professor of Social Media and Commissioner for Equity, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences; and Andrea Shalal, Senior Correspondent with Reuters, discussed the impact of disinformation on politics and society with This discussion is the final event in the series “Democracy on the Brink? Challenges to Democracy in Germany, Europe, and the United States and How to Confront Them” which is held under the auspices of Wunderbar Together 2021 and in partnership with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) and Atlantik-Brücke.