A Research and Practice Workshop


Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Venue: The Commons in Spooner Hall, University of Kansas (1340 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66045)

Parking: Kansas Union parking garage (1301 Jayhawk Blvd.) is close to Spooner Hall.

Goal: This workshop will bring together scholars and practitioners to examine consequences of and responses to misinformation and fake news in democratic societies. How these issues affect underserved and digitally disadvantaged populations will be highlighted.


  • What are the consequences of misinformation for democracy and civic engagement?
  • How can we detect and address misinformation? What scholarly and industry efforts have been made in this area?
  • How can interdisciplinary collaboration most effectively push the fight against misinformation forward?
  • What countermeasures are most feasible and effective? How can scholars, industry, citizens, and nonprofit organizations work together on this?

Target Audience

  • Scholars from different disciplines including computer science, journalism, and political science
  • Industry representatives (technology companies and media organizations)
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Faculty, staff and students at KU
  • Citizens (Lawrence and the greater Kansas City area)


  • 9:00-9:30 Opening Remarks 
    • Perry Alexander, AT&T Foundation Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Director at Information and Telecommunication Technology Center, KU
    • Ann Brill, Dean, KU School of Journalism and Mass Communications, KU
  • 9:30-10:45 Research Findings & Implications | Q&A 
    • Rob Faris, Research Director at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, “Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation in Digital Political Communication”
    • Shyhtsun Felix Wu, Professor of Computer Science at University of California, Davis, “Analyzing Online Social Interactions for Cyber Security, Framing and Network Interference”  
  • 10:45-11:45 Challenges and Possible Solutions for News Media and Industry | Q&A
    • Vickie Walton-James, Senior National Editor at National Public Radio, "We Stand with the Facts"
    • Luther Lowe, Vice President of Public Policy at Yelp, "Fake News and Fake Reviews: Yelp's Perspective on Misinformation in a Democratic Society"
  • 11:45-12:00 Community-Academic Partnership 
    • Presentation by KU Center for Digital Inclusion & Community Partners
    • Hyunjin Seo, Joseph Erba, Mugur Geana, Crystal Lumpkins & Hong Vu
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch (Lunch boxes provided) & Spotting Fake News and Reviews (Prizes)
  • 13:00-13:45 News Media Panel: What Has Changed?
    • Colleen McCain Nelson, Editorial Page Editor, The Kansas City Star; Eric Nelson, Assistant Managing Editor/Digital, The Kansas City Star; Laura Lorson, Host/Producer, KPR; Lisa McLendon, News & Info Track Chair, KU; Jerry Crawford, Associate Professor of Journalism, KU (Moderator)
  • 13:45-14:30 Industry Panel: Navigating New Territory
    • Desirée Fish, VP Global Communications, TripAdvisor; Chad Martin, Director of Social + Emerging Media at VML; Travis Wright, Co-founder, CCP Digital; Matt Tidwell, Program Director, Integrated Marketing Communications, KU Edwards Campus (Moderator)
  • 14:30-15:15 Scholar Panel: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
    • Bill Staples, Professor of Sociology; Fengjun Li, Associate Professor of Computer Science; Alfred Ho, Professor of Public Administration; Hyunjin Seo, Associate Professor of Strategic Communication; Ann Brill, Dean, School of Journalism and Mass Communications (Moderator)
  • 15:15- 16:00 Library Panel: How to Engage the Public
    • Carol Levers, Executive Director, Kansas City Kansas Public Libraries; Wendy Pearson, Education/Career Advancement Coordinator, Kansas City Missouri Public Libraries; Melissa Fisher Isaacs, Information Services Coordinator, Lawrence Public Library; Karna Younger, Faculty Engagement Librarian, KU Libraries; Doug Ward, Associate Professor of Journalism at KU (Moderator)
  • 16:00-17:00 Networking Reception (Invitation Only, Malott Room, Kansas Union)

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