Grefenstette Center to Explore Information, Misinformation from Political, Public Health and Legal Perspectives

What's fact? What's fiction? With the rise of technology, new concerns emerge about how information is delivered and interpreted. This week, the Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology and Law at Duquesne University is providing an opportunity for experts to examine information and misinformation from political, public health and legal points of view.

 Professionals and experts in technology, ethics, public health and free speech will weigh in during Disinformation, Misinformation and Technology: New Ethical Challenges and Solutions, a virtual symposium held via Zoom this Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and requires registration, which is available at www.duq.edu/grefenstette.  

The symposium will feature presentations and moderated discussions, and a keynote address from Brian Green, director of technology ethics for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, who will address communities of trust and how they can be built and maintained.  

Duquesne faculty will be joined by other participants from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and Seattle University. Duquesne President Ken Gormley also will lend his expertise to the discussion.  

"Duquesne is proud to host this inaugural symposium in partnership with other leading institutions in this region and across the country," Gormley said. "There is perhaps no more pressing time to discuss information and misinformation than right now, as we navigate a global health crisis, a political landscape dominated by information technologies and a growing inability to assess communications for truth and accuracy."

The event is presented in partnership with the Center for Informed Democracy and Social Cybersecurity at Carnegie Mellon University; the Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security at the University of Pittsburgh; the Initiative in Ethics and Transformative Technologies at Seattle University; and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.  

With an initial gift of $1.5 million from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, the Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics explores the intersection of ethics and science, technology and law from a Catholic faith-based perspective.  

To register or for more information, visit the symposium website at Duq.edu/grefenstette.

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