Highlights for the future of democracy sessions
The threat of misinformation to social progress
Co-founder and CEO, Tech Policy Press
Alum, Reach Alliance
Co-founder, New American Voices
Founder, The Progress Network
Misinformation is the use of information you know to be false for a purpose. What is the threat of misinformation? Disinformation propaganda is not new, what is different is the efficiency of these misinformation platforms. They can target specific populations.
How does misinformation fit in the context of narratives? We are in a moment where there is hypersensitivity within trust, there is placement of non intentional misinformation in that narrative. When you bring to the table the issue of digital communications, not just social media, have changed the way species interact. Do we have the science to understand digital connectivity, the pace of our communication, the pace of interactions have changed the way our politics work, how nations and families interact?
The decline of rights and inclusive societies
The Texas Civil Rights Project
Public Policy Research Manager, Data for Good, Meta
Social Progress Imperative Regional Director, INCAE
The Social Progress Index measures the capabilities we have to reach our full potential, as individuals and as a society. It measures Personal Rights, Inclusiveness, Personal Freedom and Choice and Access to Advanced Education.
Everything is connected, we can't have social progress and economic growth if we fail in basic wellness, in basic medical care, and if we fail in personal rights.
If we see the data of the Social Progress Index in the last 10 years, we see great advances in access to information and communications, in health and wellness, in water and sanitation, all those components that depend on infrastructure and income are increasing. But those components that are based in institutional arrangements to social arrangements, we are going backwards.