Disinformation, Dictators & Democracy: Maria Ressa & Ronald Deibert
September 27 at 8pm
The Toronto International Festival of Authors, in partnership with PEN Canada and CBC Radio’s IDEAS, presents Nobel Peace prize laureate Maria Ressa (author of How to Stand Up to a Dictator, being released November 2022) in conversation with Citizen Lab founder Ronald Deibert on the topic of defending freedom of expression and human rights.
Margaret Atwood will provide the introduction to the evening’s subject, one of the most critical challenges of our time: the link between disinformation and the decay of our democracies.
Both featured speakers have urgent knowledge of these issues: Maria Ressa as a trailblazing investigative journalist targeted by the Philippine government for exposing its human rights abuses, misinformation, and corruption; and Ronald Deibert as director of the internationally recognized Citizen Lab, a Canadian multidisciplinary facility conducting research into cyber espionage, Internet censorship, and human right violations online.
Their conversation, moderated by CBC IDEAS’ Nahlah Ayed, will be the second annual PEN Canada Graeme Gibson talk, a series founded in 2021 to honour the legacy of renowned Canadian author and writers’ advocate, Graeme Gibson (1934-2019).
This event is supported by its founding sponsor Penguin Random House, with generous support from Indigo and will be recorded by CBC Radio IDEAS. It is produced in partnership by the Toronto International Festival of Authors and CBC Radio IDEAS.