‘THE Rise of Online Conspiracy Theories’ will be the subject of an online discussion on Wednesday November 11.
Members of the public are invited to hear a panel of speakers talk about how unfounded theories – about everything from vaccines and Covid 19, to 5G and international child trafficking rings run by politicians and Hollywood – have spread across the internet.
– Sarah Dixon and James Beecher, who helped start the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response to share quality, fact-checked information and guidance during the pandemic.
– Tom Scott, a writer and lecturer who has a particular interest in political disinformation and has written a report for the European Parliament with policy recommendations on reforming social media.
The event is the latest in a regular series of Cloud Cafes organised by Stroud District Green Party – but open to anyone – to discuss topical issues.
Lynn Haanen, co-coordinator of the local party and a former Democratic Party activist and local elected official in the US, will also be speaking.
She said: “Conspiracy theories were once dismissed as a shadowy online phenomenon in the US, but they are becoming more disturbing, more mainstream, more international, and more mystical – and the effects are now being felt in Britain.”
The event will start at 7.30pm and go on until 9pm. Attendees can join from 7.15pm.