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Digital Townhall: Foreign Interference & COVID-19 Disinformation

Date & time
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Registration is closed


Marcus Kolga, Alice Stollmeyer, Michael Petrou, Camille François


This event is free


Marie Lamensch



This digital townhall will explore the impacts of foreign interference and disinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the event

In this first installment of our series on COVID-19 and disinformation, we will discuss key actors, themes and impacts of foreign interference and disinformation in the Canadian context.

We will be joined by: Marcus Kolga (founder of DisinfoWatch and senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute), Alice Stollmeyer (executive director of Defend Democracy) and Camille François (chief innovation officer at Graphika). Michael Petrou (editor-in-chief of Open Canada) will moderate the discussion.

This event will be livestreamed on the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies' Facebook and YouTube pages. Links to both will be sent out to registered participants.

The Canadian Coalition to Counter COVID Digital Disinformation is a project organized by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies with funding from Heritage Canada. We are working to enhance Canadian citizens' digital literacy and resiliency as they come in contact with misinformation and disinformation relating to COVID-19.

As part of this work, we are holding a series of digital townhalls on issues like foreign interference, conspiracy theories and fake news. Stay tuned for more events hosted on these topics.

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