Telling the truth about misinformation

Join the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, Colorado Press Women and other communications organizations at 6:30 p.m., March 18, for an online Sunshine Week event, “Truth Be Told: The Proliferation of Online Misinformation and Disinformation and What We Can Do About It.”

Tackling this topic are these experts:

  • Alex Roetter, Twitter’s former senior vice president who is featured in “The Social Dilemma” documentary;
  • Nora Benavidez, director of the Free Expressions Programs at PEN America;
  • Damaso Reyes, media and information expert formerly with the national News Literacy Project; and
  • Moderator Nancy Watzman, director of Lynx LLC and adviser to the Colorado Media Project.

The evening begins with the presentation of the Jean Otto Friend of Freedom Awards at 6:30 p.m. The awards, given to a person for sustained and/or significant contributions to open government causes in Colorado, are named for a longtime Rocky Mountain News editor, the late Jean Otto, who was a founder of the CFOIC. The panel begins at 7 p.m.

Sign into the event here or from the CFOIC website. The event is free and open to all.

CPW is among several journalism organizations co-sponsoring the Sunshine Week discussion organized by the CFOIC.


Countering Disinformation in Elections

Foreign governments are using sophisticated disinformation campaigns to undermine American confidence in our core democratic institutions, particularly elections. The Colorado Department of State is taking steps to protect our elections from foreign interference. Two representatives from CDOS will present “Countering Foreign Disinformation in Colorado Elections” on Monday, May 3, at 4 p.m. via Zoom, a presentation on the threat, what the department is doing to mitigate it, and actions you can take to help.

Nathan Blumenthal began as director of Rapid Response Election Security and Cyber Unit in July 2020 after two decades working in national security in Washington, DC. Most recently, he was Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security and the head of DHS’s Counter Foreign Influence Task Force, positions responsible for preventing foreign influence in US elections. He also served two tours at the White House/National Security Council and in positions at the Director of National Intelligence

Aaron Hayman is a Senior Elections Security Specialist with CDOS/RESCU. He worked for nearly a decade in the intelligence community in Washington, DC and overseas. He has experience analyzing a range of national security threats and working with government agencies to mitigate those threats. He leads RESCU’s efforts to counter foreign disinformation.

The Zoom link will be sent out to CPW members closer to the event.

Ongoing CPW Events

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