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 is an accomplished digital strategist and a veteran of EMILY’s List, Obama 2012, and the New Organizing Institute. Ryan served as new media director for Senator Russ Feingold’s 2010 campaign, and his political action committee, The Progressive Patriot’s Fund. She was the online outreach director in the fight against Governor Scott Walker’s union-busting budget bill in Wisconsin.

A longtime Netroots activist, Melissa was the managing editor of Connecticut Local Politics and a former contributor at AmericaBlog Elections and MyDD. She has presented at Netroots Nation, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Take Back the American Dream, UConn School of Law, and Wellstone Campaign Management Training among others. The Washington Post’s Fix Blog has twice named her a top political tweeter of Wisconsin politics.


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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