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Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed? (Free webinar!)

Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed?I am delighted to participate in a free webinar next week that reaches across libraryland.

Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed? will be a live session at ALA Annual this summer, but we’re presenting a preview on Wednesday, April 25 courtesy of the Freedom to Read Foundation and the Office of Intellectual Freedom.

Here are the deets:

When: Wednesday, 4/25/2018

  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

What:

FTRF and ALA OIF are excited to host this preview of the Intellectual Freedom Committee program that Moderator Emily Knox and other panelists will offer at ALA’s Annual Meeting this summer.

“Fake news” has always been part of the communication landscape. The difference now is that we are inundated with social media that makes it possible to disseminate “fake news” quickly and easily. In the past “fake news” was used as propaganda to isolate individuals or groups of people, destabilize governments, and foment anarchy. “Fake news” may be inaccurate, dishonest, misleading, intentionally untrue, and even intended to damage the paradigm of factual information. But is it illegal? Is it protected by the First Amendment? Can “fake news” — or suppressing it– undermine our democratic way of life?

This is a preview of the Intellectual Freedom Committee program that Moderator Emily Knox and other panelists will offer at ALA’s Annual Meeting this summer.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will learn to define and engage in discussion on the topic of Fake News
  • Attendees will gain deeper insight into the First Amendment and legal aspects of Fake News
  • The webinar will encourage thoughtful dialogue around a prevalent topic in our current political and educational climate

Who Should Attend?

  • Librarians and library students
  • Educators
  • Individuals involved in media, publishing, and social media
  • Individuals interested in the first amendment, censorship, copyright, and legal aspects of news, media, and social media

Speakers

Emily Knox is an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences (the iSchool) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, and the intersection of print culture and reading practices.
Nicole Cooke is an Assistant Professor and MS/LIS Program Director at the School of Information Sciences, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is also the Program Director for the MS in Library and Information Science program. Dr. Cooke’s research and teaching interests include human information behavior (particularly in the online context), critical cultural information studies, and diversity and social justice in librarianship (with an emphasis on infusing them into LIS education and pedagogy).
Joyce Valenza ~ After completely 25 years as a teacher librarian in K12 education, and several more as a public and special librarian, Joyce joined the faculty of Rutgers University where she prepares future librarians to lead cultures of literacy and to engage communities. She speaks globally about the thoughtful use of technology in learning, emerging literacies and the power of librarians to lead. In 2017 she was honored with AASL’s new Social Media Leadership Luminary Award.
Mary Minow is a Berkman Klein Center fellow 2017-18 at Harvard University. Previously she was a Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative fellow at Harvard, and prior to that a library law consultant on issues such as privacy, intellectual freedom and copyright. She serves on the boards of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Digital Public Library of America. She is on the steering committee of the Simmons Know News: Engaging with Mis- and Disinformation (School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College) and is working on a fake news project with the Berkman Klein Center and the American Library Association to offer social media users self-help tools.Visit this link for more information and to register for the webinar.http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/webinar/fakenews
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Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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