The Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge culminates in a two-day post-election conference where winning teams will present the results of their election studies. The conference will be held at the University of Ottawa on February 20-21, 2020.
Understanding digital threats to elections as they happen
How do you know when a piece of disinformation is newsworthy? How do you avoid amplifying trolls or bad actors online? When is a story ready for the public and when is it better not to report on it? Did we overestimate or underestimate digital threats during the election? How did journalists prepare? These are some of the questions our panel will tackle on February 20th. During this panel discussion five of Canada's top journalists in the area will discuss how digital threats such as disinformation and cyber security are covered during elections. They will talk about their own experiences in the lead up to, and during, the 2019 Federal Election in Canada and beyond.
Jane Lytvynenko is a journalist with BuzzFeed News, where she covers online misinformation. Her work investigates the spread of fake news, digital deception, and the rise of hyperpartisanship online. She has written about illegal online drug sales, cryptocurrency scams, and has uncovered networks of fake accounts using social media to dupe users and profit from the online ecosystems. Previously, her work has appeared in Maclean’s, CBC News, and Canadaland, where she was a media reporter and editor.
Fatima Syed is a reporter with The Logic, an online publication that covers Canada's economic transformation. She was pre
viously a reporter with National Observer, where she established the outlet’s Queen’s Park bureau, with an emphasis on coverage of environmental and energy policy, social justice and more. She has worked at the Toronto Star and The Walrus, and is a National Magazine Award nominee. She has contributed chapters to two anthologies published by Coach House Books—Subdivided: City-Building in an Age of Hyper-Diversity and House Divided.
Jeff Yates has been covering online dis- and misinformation for over five years. He copilots Décrypteurs, Radio-Canada's team devoted to tracking and debunking disinformation. He's also featured on the TV show of the same name, the first TV show in North America entirely devoted to information disorder online.
An executive producer at Antica Productions, Kathleen is an award winning journalist and producer who spent nearly 20 years at CBC Radio. She was one of the original producers of the award-winning national current affairs program, The Current - eventually leading the team as executive producer. Then Kathleen fell in love with podcasting. While at the CBC she co-produced and co-created Uncover's first season, Escaping NXIVM. She is also the producer of Uncover: Sharmini.
National politics reporter with the Toronto Star's Ottawa bureau. Originally from Cape Breton, he has covered municipal politics in Halifax and Ottawa, provincial politics in Nova Scotia, and crime and entertainment in Fort McMurray, Alberta (it's a long story). Boutilier has been covering Parliament Hill for the Star since 2013, and has lived in Ottawa since 2012.