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Cambridge Disinformation Summit

Strategic disinformation is a malignant accelerant for major societal problems such as climate change denial, the rise and sustenance of extremism, radicalisation of terrorism, criminal fraud, and suppression of rights. It is exploited across all information dissemination platforms, including social media, news media, financial and non-financial reporting, and other broadcast vehicles.

Purpose

Convene global thought leaders from psychology, journalism, financial reporting, political science, and related information science fields to discuss:

  1. the societal impact of strategic disinformation
  2. methods used to disseminate disinformation
  3. the psychology of self-deception and wilful ignorance and why disinformation is effective at changing human behaviour
  4. cross-discipline and sustainable ways to mitigate disinformation efficacy.

Registration

Due to extremely limited availability, attendance for the July in-person and live feed online events requires registration.

Register to attend the Cambridge Disinformation Summit via live online feed

The cost to join this event via a live online feed is £125. To apply for a need-based registration fee waiver, please email [email protected].

Selected individuals may receive private invitations to attend in person.

Location

The Cambridge Disinformation Summit will be held at King’s College, Cambridge.

A dinner will also be hosted at King’s College, Cambridge.

Thursday 27 July 2023

Time

Event

08:30-08:45

Conference welcome

08:45-09:30

Disinformation: Definition, history, strategy, consequences

09:30-10:00

Break

10:00-11:30

Belief systems: Why is disinformation effective?

11:30-12:00

Break

12:00-13:30

Disinformation implications: health, democracy, business, climate

13:30-14:30

Lunch

14:30-15:45

Platform accountability vs free speech rights

15:45-16:15

Break

16:15-17:30

Discerning information credibility: fact-checking, natural language processing, and audit

Friday 28 July 2023

Time

Event

08:30-09:30

Profiteering: The business of disinformation

09:30-10:30

Journalistic integrity

10:30-11:00

Break

11:00-12:30

Micro targeting

12:30-13:30

Lunch

13:30-15:00

Open-source intelligence

15:00-15:30

Break

15:30-17:15

Counterprogramming and debunking strategies

18:00-18:30

Drinks

18:30-19:15

Keynote: Social media amplification and accountability

19:15-19:30

Closing comments

19:30-21:30

Dinner

Frances Haugen.

Dinner keynote

Frances Haugen
Advocate for Accountability & Transparency in Social Media and Co-Founder of Beyond the Screen

Speakers

Abdullahi Alim
Head of Project 2030 at the International Chamber of Commerce

Brad Badertscher
Deloitte Professor of Accountancy, University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business

Robert Bloomfield
Nicholas H. Noyes Professor of Management, Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business

Kalina Bontcheva
Professor of Computer Science and Head of Natural Language Processing Research Group, University of Sheffield

Joshua Braun
Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Emma Briant
Research Affiliate, University of Cambridge Judge Business School Centre for Financial Reporting & Accountability

Nerissa Brown
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Professor of Accountancy, University of Illinois Gies College of Business

Christabel Cowling
EY UK&I Audit Partner and UK Head of Regulatory and Public Policy

Henry Friedman
Associate Professor of Accounting, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Alexandra Geese
Member, European Parliament

Julie Inman Grant
Australia eSafety Commissioner

Todd Helmus
Senior Behavioural Scientist, RAND Corporation

Alan Jagolinzer
Professor of Financial Reporting, University of Cambridge Judge Business School

Stephen Jolly
Former senior British Defence official; Fellow Commoner, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge; Senior Adviser, Reputation Inc., Oslo

Agne Kaarlep
Head of Policy at Tremau & Former Policy Officer for Digital Services and Platforms at European Commission

Brian Klaas
Associate Professor in Global Politics, University College London

Dessi Lange-Damianova
Chief Operating Officer, Bellingcat

Heidi Larson
Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine & Director, Vaccine Confidence Project

Stephan Lewandowsky
Chair in Cognitive Psychology, School of Psychological Science, University of Bristol

Craig Lewis
Madison S. Wiggington Professor of Finance, Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management and former Chief Economist at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Mark Manning
Technical Specialist, Sustainable Finance and Stewardship, Financial Conduct Authority

Lee Mwiti
Chief Editor, Africa Check

Sunita Sah
Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business

Richard Sambrook
Emeritus Professor, Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Culture

Marie Santini
Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro School of Communication

Gabriella Stern
Director of Communications, World Health Organization

David Stillwell
Professor of Computational Social Science, University of Cambridge Judge Business School

Stefan Thiel
John Thornely Fellow and Director of Studies in Law, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge

Jussi Toivanen
Head of Communications, Finnish Transport and Communications Agency, National Cyber Security Centre

Sander van der Linden
Professor of Social Psychology in Society, University of Cambridge

Clare Wang
Professor of Accounting and Director of the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility Research, University of Colorado

Michael Willis
Management Practice Associate Professor and Director of the Cambridge Executive Master of Accounting Programme

More speakers will be added as they are confirmed.

  • Abdullahi Alim, Head of Project 2030 at the International Chamber of Commerce
  • Brad Badertscher, Deloitte & Touche Professor of Accountancy, University of Notre Dame
  • Robert Bloomfield, Nicholas H. Noyes Professor of Management, Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business
  • Hui Chen, Professor of Accounting, University of Zurich
  • Angus Crawford, Correspondent, BBC News
  • Stephen Cushion, Director of Postgraduate Research, School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Cardiff University
  • Mark de Rond, Professor of Organisational Ethnography, Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Peter Easton, Director, Center for Accounting Research & Education, University of Notre Dame
  • Michelle Ferrier, Executive Director, Media Innovation Collaboratory; Professor, FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication; Founder of TrollBusters
  • Duncan Green, Professor of Practice in International Development, London School of Economics; Senior Strategic Adviser, Oxfam GB
  • Alan Jagolinzer, Professor of Financial Accounting, Co-Director, Cambridge Centre for Financial Reporting & Accountability
  • Stephen Jolly, Professeur Agrégé de Géopolitique, ESC Rennes School of Business, Grande École; Fellow Commoner, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge; former senior British Defence official and propagandist
  • Brian Klaas, Associate Professor in Global Politics, University College London
  • Sander van der Linden, Professor of Social Psychology in Society and Director, Cambridge Social Decision-Making Laboratory, University of Cambridge
  • Miriam Matthews, Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist, RAND Corporation
  • Sarah McVay, Deloitte & Touche Endowed Professor in Accounting, University of Washington Foster School of Business
  • Joseph Pierre, MD, Health Sciences Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California at San Francisco
  • Rafael Rogo, Professor of Accounting, Co-Director, Cambridge Centre for Financial Reporting & Accountability
  • Thomas Roulet, University Senior Lecturer in Organisation Theory, University of Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Sunita Sah, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, Cornell University
  • Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director, Stanford University Cyber Policy Center; International Policy Fellow at Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence; former Member of European Parliament.
  • David Stillwell, Lecturer in Big Data Analytics and Quantitative Social Science, Cambridge Judge Business School; Academic Director, The Psychometrics Centre, University of Cambridge
  • Ben Taylor, Global Climate Change and Sustainability Services Strategy Partner, EY London
  • Kate Wilkinson, Senior Product Manager, Full Fact

The Advisory Board membership is evolving and subject to change.

The Centre for Financial Reporting & Accountability and the Psychometrics Centre are partnering with Mendoza College of Business, the Center for Accounting Research & Education, the University of Zurich and the Journal of Financial Reporting.

Social media and financial news manipulation research

17:00, 2 April 2023

Professor Shimon Kogan and Professor Marina Niessner
Professors Shimon Kogan and Marina Niessner from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School discuss their research regarding social media and financial news manipulation

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Wilful ignorance, delusion-like beliefs, and conspiracy theories

19:00-20:30, 27 January 2022

Dr Joseph Pierre, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

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The use and efficacy of propaganda

12:00-13:00, 25 February 2022

Stephen Jolly
Professeur Agrégé de Géopolitique at Rennes School of Business, Fellow Commoner of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, and former senior British Defence official


The process and impact of media fact-checking

12:00-13:00, 24 March 2022

Kate Wilkinson
Deputy chief editor at Africa Check

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Business risk of disinformation

19:00-20:00, 28 April 2022

Matt Gorham
Senior Fellow, Cyber & Privacy Innovation Institute, PwC US

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Disinformation for profit: the dark business behind disinformation

19:00-20:00, 23 May 2022

Dr Emma Briant
Associate Researcher in the Human Rights Program at Bard College and research affiliate of the Cambridge Centre for Financial Reporting & Accountability

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