How to Combat Fake News

How to Combat Fake News

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Saturday, Aug. 12 9:00 AM

Ends: Saturday, Aug. 12 10:15 AM

Room: Hanover A-B

As the last election cycle taught us, millions of Americans are getting their news from questionable sources. On the right especially (although not entirely absent from the left), “fake news” sites have proliferated and are responsible for massive amounts of misinformation in the minds of voters. This panel will deconstruct the fake news paradigm and offer strategies and solutions to getting a progressive message into the newsfeeds and minds of susceptible voters.


Melissa Ryan

Melissa Ryan

Melissa Ryan has spent more than a decade working at the intersection of politics, media, culture, and technology. Today, she uses her expertise to help people, policymakers and institutions combat online extremism and toxicity.

Melissa became fascinated with extremism and disinformation during the 2016 U.S. elections, as she watched once-fringe extremist networks rise to prominence as they were amplified by mainstream candidates and media. She was among the first progressives to chronicle the rise of the alt-right online when she launched Ctrl Alt-Right Delete shortly after the election, which has since grown to more than 15,000 weekly readers.

Ryan’s expertise is sought out by journalists, politicians, leaders and everyday Americans who want to better understand how current events are shaped by social media and how political campaigns use digital strategy to engage voters.

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Mark Jablonowski


Mark Jablonowski is a partner and Chief Technology Officer of DSPolitical where he has overseen the development of, the award-winning self-serve voter targeted digital advertising platform. Mark is also the founder and CEO of Rogue Global Solutions, a premiere technology strategy firm for political, governmental, and international organizations.

Mark was previously Chief Technology Officer at the Presidential Inaugural Committee, where he oversaw all technical, communication, and data matters and helped to create the most open and accessible inauguration in American history. Joining Obama for America before the New Hampshire primary, Mark traveled the country managing regional IT operations until he landed at Chicago headquarters as IT special projects manager and regional IT director. There he was responsible for multi-million dollar contract negotiations and implementing innovative technology solutions.

During the 2008 election cycle, Mark also co-founded Atlas Voter Protection, an online tool that the Obama campaign used to manage their voter protection operations. Atlas was updated and used by the DNC for the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections as well as the 2012 Egyptian elections.

An avid backcountry skier, Mark is a native of Anchorage, Alaska.

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