Free Event to Help Voters Recognize False Information and its Potential Effect on Midterm Elections

Free Event to Help Voters Recognize False Information and its Potential Effect on Midterm Elections

Zoom program on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. features University of Michigan Law School Professor, and NBC and MSNBC Legal Analyst, Barbara McQuade

National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan (NCJW|MI), a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates committed to social justice and a call for action, will be offering a free virtual program on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. entitled “Crisis in America: Misinformation, Disinformation, Malinformation and their Potential Effect on our Midterm Elections”. The program is part of the organization’s annual Fall Focus 2022 event and is being offered to voters to help them discern whether the political information they are presented with is accurate or misleading and the effect that could have on their voting decisions.

“It is very difficult for voters to identify reliable sources of information, determine what is credible and what should be believed,” said Fall Focus 2022 Co-Chair and State Policy Advocate Lynn Lieberman. “Although there has been disinformation in the past, we are more aware of it now, especially because of the role of social media. We see that social media algorithms can be used by developers to promote dissemination of false information, which puts us all at risk.”

The program will feature Barbara McQuade, a distinguished professor at the University of Michigan Law School where she teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, data privacy and national security law. She is also a legal analyst for the NBC and MSNBC networks and is a former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.  McQuade will be helping attendees to:

·       Identify reliable sources

·       Examine the role of social media in the dissemination of information

·       Consider ways in which misinformation, disinformation and malinformation can be diffused

·       Examine how false information could influence the midterms as voters attempt to make informed decisions

“Our program is about helping voters identify red flags for false information, which will ultimately benefit us all by reducing the spread of misleading data,” said Lieberman. “Ultimately this will help to ensure our elections are fairer.”

5/11/17 Studio portrait of Barbara McQuade for Law School.

To register for Fall Focus 2022, visit www.ncjwmi.org or call 248. 355. 3300. The program is free of charge; once registered you will receive a Zoom link.

About the National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan

Founded in 1891 and inspired by Jewish values, National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan has maintained a progressive stance on issues at the local, state and national levels. It is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates committed to social justice and a call for action, ‘Powerful Voices. Progressive Change’. The mission of supporters is to improve the quality of life for women, children, and families by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

*Photos courtesy of the National Council for Jewish Women, Michigan

 

Cynthia Tait

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