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Thu, 01 Oct


University of St. Gallen

Fake News and digital safety: The great danger for open societies and democracies

Is it still possible to identify "the truth" in times of fake news and disinformation? Who draws the line between fake news and freedom of expression?

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Fake News and digital safety: The great danger for open societies and democracies
Fake News and digital safety: The great danger for open societies and democracies

Time & Location

01 Oct 2020, 18:15 – 21:00

University of St. Gallen


About the event

Programme: Deutsch | English



«Almost 40 percent of young people in Switzerland in contact with fake news» (11/04/2019)

«New coronavirus: Facebook wants to delete fake news» (05/03/2020)


Misleading newspaper articles, false reports on the Internet, disinformation campaigns on social media, fake-news attacks on individuals, companies, organizations, governments, and countries pose a serious threat to open societies and democracies.


The possibilities of disinformation and manipulation have multiplied with the Internet in recent years.


We invite you to discuss the questions and challenges below with our experts at the 7th SSF Security Talk:


  • What are fake news and how does society deal with them?
  • What are the possibilities and methods for spreading fake news?
  • What effect can fake news have? What damage do they cause?
  • How can misinformation be fought? How can we protect ourselves against it?
  • Are tech companies doing enough to prevent fake news?
  • Who is responsible for the correctness of information?
  • Do we need stricter national and international regulations and sanctions to stop fake news?


Confirmed speakers and panellists

  • Jürg Bühler, Vice Director Federal Intelligence Service
  • Dr. Myriam Dunn Cavelty,
    Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETHZ
  • Dr. Ladina Caduff,
    Director Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Switzerland
  • Anne-Marie Buzatu,
    Senior Advisor, ICT4Peace Foundation
  • Hernani Marques,
    Chaos Computer Club Switzerland


  • Registration with Apéro

    This ticket entitles the holder to participate in the FSS Security Talk and the subsequent Apéro. Due to the COVID protection regulations of the University of St. Gallen, the number of participants at the Apéro is unfortunately limited.

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    Kostenlose Anmeldung für den 7. FSS Security Talk / Inscription gratuite au 7e FSS Security Talk / Free Registration for the 7th FSS Security Talk

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