November 1 – Misinformation and Election Interference: The Swedish Experience

 

Introducing the second lecture in our four-part series dedicated to the American midterms: America Week!

The legitimacy of a democracy lies in the legitimacy of its elections. Lately, many reports have pointed to numerous attempts by foreign powers to interfere in different elections, leading to investigations in both the United Kingdom and The United States. In many parts of Europe, including Sweden, misinformation campaigns have been conducted by unknown actors with the goal of spreading distrust and splits amongst the populations. How extensive are these assaults on democracy and what is being done to stop them?

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Mikael Tofvesson is Chief Operating Officer at the Swedish Civil Contingency Agency (MSB) and was tasked with protecting the 2018 Swedish election from interference and misinformation.

Date: 01/11/2018
Time: 6:15-7:30 PM
Place: Hörsal 2, Ekonomikum
Admission: Free for members, 60 kr for non-members. A one-year membership can be purchased at the event for 100 SEK.

In collaboration with Folkuniversitetet.