Disinformation in Switzerland - Regulation or Laissez-faire?

Friday, 1 April 2022, 16:15-17:45

University of Zurich, Raemistrasse 69, 8006 Zurich, Room SOC-E-10

We are pleased to draw your attention to a joint event of the Center for Information Technology, Society, and Law (ITSL) and the Research Center for the Public Sphere and Society (fög) of the University of Zurich.

The Swiss Federal Council's current security policy report lists disinformation as one of the key threat situations for Switzerland: It is feared that disinformation will adversely affect political processes, undermine trust in social institutions and generally call the credibility of information into question. The extent of disinformation circulating on social media and messenger services is also often identified as one of the causes for the skepticism about vaccination and measures in the COVID-19 pandemic.

This event examines the phenomenon from an interdisciplinary perspective. The perspectives of communication science and perception psychology allow to better classify the mode of action and relevance of disinformation on an individual and societal level. On this basis, approaches for an appropriate response of the law are presented. These proposals will be discussed controversially in the subsequent panel and plenary discussion with representatives of platforms, media and authorities.

Admission is free. Space is limited. Please register by 30 March 2022 at info@itsl.uzh.ch.

The event will be held in German.

Flyer (PDF, 272 KB) (in German)