Under the title “Warfare with Fake News – How Rumours, Fake News and Targeted Manipulation Endanger Democracy and Social Cohesion”, Thümler discussed the topic with various experts for an hour.
TIB expert Professor Dr Ralph Ewerth, who heads the Visual Analytics research group at TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology in Hanover, was also present. In his project “FakeNarratives”, the AI researcher is looking at narrative patterns and their effect in public and alternative news videos.
The following experts were also on board for the Citizens’ Talk:
- Dr. Steffi Hobuß, language philosopher at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, who is investigating the social production of knowledge between fact and fiction in her project “Future Discourses” against the backdrop of a strengthening populism and developments such as fake news and conspiracy myths.
- The robotics researcher Prof. Dr. Sami Haddadin, Director of the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and holder of the Chair of Robotics and Systems Intelligence, who clearly locates the dystopian potential of artificial intelligence in its application.
- Prof. Dr. Helmut Scherer, communication scientist at the Institute for Journalism and Communication Research at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, whose research focuses include media effects research and political communication.
- Dr. Paul Derabin: The Hanoverian business lawyer was born in Russia, his wife is Ukrainian. In the Bügertalk he will describe his observations of the media usage behaviour of Russian-speaking people in Lower Saxony