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Fake News: Can Democracy Survive?

Santa Barbara Public Library
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The Santa Barbara League of Women Voters’ April Forum co-presented with SBPL will provide information around fake news, its history, current implications, and more.

Wikipedia defines it as: “Fake news is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media.” Can we learn to detect Fake news? What are “bots”and how is social media compromised by Fake News? What was the extent of Russian involvement in the 2016 election and what were their goals?

Our speakers will define and explore this phenomenon

- Jerry Roberts: former Editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, currentl political columnist for the Independent, host of City Desk at SBTV, founder of Newsmakers
- Lisa Neubert: Programming Librarian at Santa Barbara Central Library
- Marga Cooley: Santa Maria Times Editor
- Miriam Medzger, Ph.D.: Director of the Center for Information, Technology and Society at UCSB

The public is invited to bring questions for the panelists to answer.