Executive Education

Countering Disinformation for Policymakers

Fake news and disinformation have emerged as significant challenges for our society and policymakers over the past few years. The dangers associated with disinformation have only become more acute in the global health crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic. In crises, fact-checkers and social media platforms often see their resources stretched thin, as populations all around the world are inundated with targeted disinformation designed to induce panic. In the modern media context, effectively countering such false narratives has become an essential element of successful crisis management and ensuring peoples’ safety. 

The Hertie School, in partnership with the Vodafone Stiftung Deutschland, will offer a one-day workshop titled “Disinformation - Finding the truth between lies and propaganda” on the 29th of May. The workshop aims to equip policymakers with essential knowledge and skills needed to counter fake news and disinformation. Throughout the programme, participants and experts will look at numerous subtopics, including theoretical approaches, balancing misinformation and freedom of speech, the role of artificial intelligence in cleansing online information, the role of journalists in unmasking fake news, and the manipulation of election campaigns with online bots.

The programme seeks participants who face disinformation as a regular part of their work, including members and staff of the German Bundestag, policymakers and administrators from German federal and state-level government, as well as individuals from other aspects of German political life. All course content will take place in German. For individuals interested in participating, please apply by sending an email to executive[at]hertie-school[dot]org