Behavioural Science and Misinformation

The spread of misinformation poses serious challenges worldwide and it represents a growing threat to the future of democracy. With limited regulation and increasing algorithmic determinism, democratic institutions can be eroded by misinformation spreading via both social and traditional media constantly competing for our limited attention. In a world where social, cultural and digital contexts heavily influence individual behaviour, a sophisticated understanding of human psychology is fundamental to develop effective responses to misinformation and declining trust in government. Speakers: Dr Lauryn Conway, Senior Lead for Behavioural Science at the Impact and Innovation Unit within the Privy Council in the Canadian Federal Government and Vrouyr Joubanian, Head of Experimentation at the UNDP Lebanon Accelerator Lab.

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