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[Commlist] Conference - Understanding the Post-truth Society. From Fake News, Datafication & Mass Surveillance to the Death of Trust

Tue Jul 23 23:04:03 GMT 2019

The Commonwealth Centre for Connected Learning <>is organising an international conference - *Understanding the Post-truth Society. From Fake News, Datafication & Mass Surveillance to the Death of Trust* - at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, Malta on 10-11 October, 2019.

Early Bird Registration is available till 31 July - Register on this link <>.

A Conference about the New Normal

This interdisciplinary conference starts with the basic premise that truth does matter; and that norms associated with a democratic society, such as the common good, responsibility, ethics and civic engagement are under attack with the emergence of the post-truth society.

The objective is to explore four interconnected sectors – Education, Technology, Media and Government – and assess their roles both as solutions and contributors to post-truth society. Keynotes and workshops address facets of the 'new normal' such as lies, fake news, hacks, datafication, trolls, populism, polarisation, hyper-partisanship, attention deficits, echo chambers, and conversion of popularity into legitimacy.

Keynotes & Your Contribution

Expert keynotes set the stage for focused breakout sessions and workshops. Speakers will also lead discussions on specific subjects within the overriding themes. The programme is structured to ensure every opportunity for delegates to engage and have a voice in shaping the conference outcomes.

Speakers <>confirmed to date include:

Michael J. Casey <>-  Author of five books, including The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything, educator, media entrepreneur and advisor on the economics of blockchain and digital innovation.

Kenneth Cukier <>- The Economist’s senior editor of digital products, overseeing data analytics and managing the media group’s new digital product development. Cukier is also a former business, technology and foreign correspondent at the Economist.

*Vivian Onano <>*- Social entrepreneur and humanitarian who is recognised as an emerging woman leader with the courage to lead change on the African continent. Vivian is a youth advisor to Global Education Monitoring Report, UNESCO and the Founder/Director at Leading Light Initiative. Vivian is a recipient of the 2017 New African Woman on the Rise Award and 2016 MTV “Africa Re-Imagined” Award.

Marc Cohen <>- Marc works for Google and builds tools, demos, codelabs and other things to make the Google Cloud Platform <>easier and more fun to use.

Sponsoring Partners include the British High Commission, the US Embassy, Learning Machine and the Times of Malta.

JOIN US  to be part of defining a shared agenda and a collective response to the challenges of the post-truth society.  Agenda outputs will be presented in a post-conference publications and manifesto and will be followed by a further conference in Italy in 2020.


Further information on this link <> or please email me directly if you wish to disuss contribution or participation.

*Dr Alex Grech <>*
Executive Director, Commonwealth Centre for Connected Learning
University of Malta, Faculty for Media & Knowledge Sciences

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