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Past Event

How We Can Reduce the Power of False Narratives

In this third part of our series on conspiracy theories and other false narratives, we'll look at actions society can take to defend itself. We'll focus on what journalists and educators can do, what technology companies can do, and what government and individuals can do.

Our speaker, Dr. Samuel Woolley, will discuss media literacy, technologies for quick detection and management of false narratives, the role of governmental regulation, and actions we can take as individuals.

This will be an intense, information-packed event; be sure to bring your questions or send them to us in advance at You might also want to review the first event in this series, "Why have False Beliefs and Conspiracy Theories Become So Powerful?" before attending.

MLF Organizer
Eric Siegel

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Photo courtesy the speaker.

September 29, 2022

The Commonwealth Club of California
United States

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Dr. Samuel Woolley

Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Propaganda Research Lab, University of Texas-Austin; Author, The Reality Game: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth, Computational Propaganda, and numerous academic and popular articles

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Eric Siegel

Chair, Personal Growth Member-led Forum, The Commonwealth Club of California—Moderator


6–7 p.m. program
(all times PDT)