Join colleagues to celebrate International Women’s Day 2022 with the theme of ‘Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.’
PLEASE NOTE: All attendees are required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination or medical exemption to access The Brisbane Club.
Our guest speaker for the event is experienced broadcaster and APAC Director of First Draft, Anne Kruger who will be discussing ‘Influencers in an age of information disorder’.
Celebrities and influencers use visually appealing content and carefully crafted captions to attract a massive global following. They also enjoy an outsized influence on social media. Therefore, the role of online personalities and influencers requires more scrutiny from the platforms, policy makers, leaders in education and media, as well as the ‘audience’ themselves.
Online influencers are complicit in what is known as ‘information disorder’, where a polluted information ecosystem has ramifications both online and offline. Influencers can quickly share misinformation (even if unintentionally) to their millions of fans, and a growing number have become powerful vectors in promoting false information and conspiracy theories. Influencers are also frequently targeted by those trying to spread and amplify disinformation.
From a media literacy perspective, it is important to understand the motivations, methods and aims of influencers — much of which may not be apparent on the surface – so that audiences or followers can better apply critical thinking when consuming and participating with online content.
The ticket price includes a welcome beverage, two course meal and a choice of tea or coffee. Wine for your table can be purchased on the day.
Bookings close Tuesday 1 March 2022 if not sold out prior.
Anne Kruger launched First Draft in Sydney in early 2019. In 2020 she was co-chief investigator at the Centre for Media Transition, University of Technology Sydney, drafting Australia’s first disinformation regulatory code. Anne was an anchor at CNN Hong Kong during SARS, and later a finance reporter at Bloomberg. In 2016, Anne founded the Cyber News Verification Lab in conjunction with Google News Labs partners as a part of her PhD studies, and consults on digital literacy for UNESCO. She previously held senior editorial and presenter positions with ABC Australia. Anne has a PhD in social media verification education.