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Summer School on Misinformation, Disinformation and Hate Speech

24 June 2023

Summer School on Misinformation, Disinformation and Hate Speech

3-7 July 2023

The Italian Society for International Organization – SIOI UNA Italy – and UNICRI are launching the Summer School on Misinformation, Disinformation and Hate Speech, which will be delivered in a hybrid format, from 3 to 7 July 2023.

In recent decades, rapid technological advancements have drastically altered how individuals connect, communicate, and access information. News and knowledge may now travel across the globe in a matter of seconds. While these digital and communicational innovations have sprung several new opportunities to organize, educate, and enlighten the international community, still these significant changes have also had unfavourable effects that we are only now beginning to address, such as the significantly increased rate at which false information, misleading information, and even hate speech propagate.

The aim is to provide an understanding of disinformation, misinformation, and hate speech, how they manifest themselves and what tools are available to combat them.

Special focus will be given to various dimensions of hate speech and fake news, including the contemporary challenges linked to the Covid-19 pandemic and the role of social media in war and political propaganda campaigns.

The course is intended for university and post-graduate students, PhD candidates, media and other professionals, including United Nations (UN) personnel, as well as anyone interested in these topics. Applications from students who expect to graduate at the end of the 2023/24 academic year are welcomed.

The Summer School adopts a hybrid model of learning: classes will be delivered live at SIOI premises for those participants on-site and will be streamed for those connected remotely.

Classes will be held from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm CEST from Monday, July 3 to Friday, July 7.

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