Human Rights and the Global Information Environment with Dr. Phil N. Howard


Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Virtual Event (Registration Required)

Bold action is needed to counter misinformation. Digital disinformation and media manipulation have a role in entrenching societal inequalities, driving polarization, and eroding public trust in democratic institutions. Are there productive human rights-based approaches to countering disinformation online? Do we have—or need to assert—a right to a clean and healthy information environment?  In this talk, Dr. Howard will review some of the latest evidence of how organized, large-scale abuses of media and technology are threatening our health, safety, and rights. Dr. Howard will evaluate some of the contemporary proposals for addressing these trends, and appraise the prospects for an Intergovernmental Panel on the Information Environment to tackle these challenges in a globally coordinated manner.

This event is part of our Towards Life 3.0: Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century series. A talk series organized and facilitated by Dr. Mathias Risse, Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, and Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs, and Philosophy. Drawing inspiration from the title of Max Tegmark’s book, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, the series draws upon a range of scholars, technology leaders, and public interest technologists to address the ethical aspects of the long-term impact of artificial intelligence on society and human life. Information on how to access the event can be found below. 


  • Phil N. Howard | Director, Oxford University’s Programme on Democracy and Technology
  • Mathias Risse (moderator) | Faculty Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy; Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs and Philosophy

Philip N. Howard is a Fellow at Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights and Director of Oxford University’s Programme on Democracy and Technology. He writes about information politics and international affairs, and is the author of ten books, including The Managed Citizen, Pax Technica, and Computational Propaganda. He has won multiple book awards, and his research and commentary writing have been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and many international media outlets. He was named a “Global Thinker” by Foreign Policy magazine, and the National Democratic Institute awarded him their “Democracy Prize” for pioneering the social science of fake news. He has testified before the US Senate, UK House of Parliament, and European Commission on the impact of fake news and misinformation on human rights, media freedoms, and democratic values. He is the author, most recently, of Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives from Yale University Press. His website is and tweets from @pnhoward.

Virtual Event Details
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube Live. Attendees registered for this event (link below) will receive a link for the livestream 1 hour before the event where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event.

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