Bill Dutton speaking at IGF Spain in Madrid


November 26th, 2017

November 28, 2017 @ 1:30 pm – November 29, 2017 @ 2:30 am
Secretary of State for Digital Agenda and Information Society
Calle del Capitán Haya
4, 28020 Madrid

Bill Dutton will present his work with Bibi Reisdorf, Elizabeth Dubois, Grant Blank and others on the role of the Internet and social media in shaping political opinion. He will focus particularly on the panic over fake news, filter bubbles, and echo chambers in politics. Of course, fake news and related issues are of great interest across Spain and other European nations, as well as the US.

The session is described here: In recent times, after the election results in Europe and the US, the global debate on the impact of algorithms and searches on election results becomes more relevant than ever. The concern about the effect that inaccurate, false or politically directed information can have on people who are exposed to them is growing, as the news about supposed manipulations on both sides of the Atlantic. In this session we will address the causes and effects of these dilemmas from William Dutton, Professor at the University of Michigan and Director of the Quello Center, who is co-author of a recent investigation that has been conducted in several European countries and in the United States. It is titled: “Search and Politics: The uses and impact of Search in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, and the United States”, with special emphasis on the results of our country.

In conjunction with this talk, Bill will meet with a number of Spanish government officials at the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Digital Agenda, and the Cabinet of the Vice-President of the Government. He will also speak at a Spanish think tank, Alternativas Foundation, and meet with representatives of the Socialist Party. Spain is one of the most active nations in the use of search for political information and fact checking, making Internet users in Spain standout among the other nations in the study, including Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Poland and the US.


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