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Debate "Housekeeping" (05:51)


Moderator John Donvan instructs the audience to vote, frames the debate on information disorder, and introduces panelists— Former Homeland Security Secretary and Author Michael Chertoff, Expert and Author Nina Jankowicz, Cornerstone Government Affairs Principal and former House Committee of Homeland Security Charles Carithers, and Former Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Stewart Baker.

Should Tech Companies Moderate Misinformation Their Users Post? (06:43)

The panelists state their position on the question and provide brief supporting statements.

Power of Tech Companies (09:36)

Chertoff states that the First Amendment protects the right of a speaker to curate their platform. Baker believes four private companies should not have controlling power. Jankowicz and Carithers discuss social media self-moderation. Panelists consider company responsibility.

Q/A: Company Liability (04:14)

Jankowicz believes the Communications Decency Act is not adequate, but companies should be mindful of over-removal. Stewart supports making the person who made the post liable. Chertoff would enforce liability on algorithms. Carithers worries that liability could create an atmosphere of reluctance.

Does America Need a Governing Body to Regulate Disinformation? (07:58)

The panelists state their position on the question and provide brief supporting statements.

Regulating Disinformation (07:50)

Some of the American populace would see a governing body as the "truth police"; Carithers questions oversight. Panelists argue the necessity of more bureaucracy and targeting algorithms for regulation.

Q/A: Government Responsibility and Foreign Influence (03:41)

The government should not censor but should disclose the source and amplify correction; CISA is actively trying to mitigate that element. Jankowicz counters that foreign entities are successful in using domestic disinformation.

Was Twitter Right to Ban Donald Trump? (07:15)

The panelists state their position on the question, provide brief supporting statements, and reference tweets labeled as glorifying violence.

Insulting American Voters (09:55)

Carithers states that Trump's tweets about the election did a disservice to the country. Chertoff argues that Trump's supporters can follow him elsewhere. Baker questions Twitter's claims of inciting future violence. Panelists consider the impact of Trump’s Twitter removal.

Q/A: Musk Reactivating Trump's Account (02:15)

Jankowicz and Carithers have concerns about Twitter under Musk's control; Musk should not reinstate Trump's account.

Q/A: Government Response to Public Comments (01:25)

Public figures have a significant responsibility to call out reprehensible behavior.

Q/A: Banning Foreign Entities (01:37)

Platforms have the right to moderate content and remove accounts, but the government should not mandate those actions.

HSEG and IQ2 (03:41)

Donvan instructs audience members to vote and welcomes Rob Walker and Clea O'Connor to the stage. Walker and O'Connor discuss the partnership between Intelligence Squared and Homeland Security Experts Group and reflect on the debate.

Debate Culture (02:06)

Debate is what brings people to a final resolution; it should be a synthesis of presented ideas. Learn how to join IQ2.

Voting Results (04:08)

Donvan thanks the audience and panel members. Panelists reflect on persuasive debate arguments. Donvan reveals the before and after poll results of the three questions presented in this debate.

Credits: Unresolved: Information Disorder: A Debate (00:31)

Credits: Unresolved: Information Disorder: A Debate

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Unresolved: Information Disorder: A Debate

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The age of "information disorder" is upon us. Deep fakes, false political narratives, and conspiracy theories pervade the internet, threatening the United States' national security, as well as democracy itself. Though bad actors and fraudsters have always been able to deceive, the ease, speed, and degree to which anyone can create misleading information online has forged a dangerous new world. Proposed solutions to this problem, however, threaten to undermine long-held, bedrock American values like freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and aversion to censorship. And such solutions, some argue, can be as dangerous as the disorder itself. So, what can be done? A panel of experts debates and discusses what the private sector should do, what the public sector can do, and how disseminators of false information should be handled.

Length: 82 minutes

Item#: BVL284216

Copyright date: ©2022

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