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Disinformation in the Internet Age (IGF-USA) by Kari Nelson, Impact Investing Intern, University of Virginia

Picture above: the author with (l-r)  John Ray, CIR Intern and  Craig Newmark, Founder of Craigslist. On Monday July 24, the Internet Governance Forum USA (IGF-USA) was held in Washington D.C. This event featured “panels, keynotes, and plenaries discussing issues vital to the continued growth of the Internet and increasing its benefits for all,” as described in the program for the day. I attended two sessions during IGF-USA, and wanted to share some highlights from each. The first session I attended was a plenary session titled, “Nationalism, Disinformation and Free Expression in the Age of the Internet.” As it was described in the program, this panel examined: • “How the internet ecosystem allows nativist content & movements to flourish & increasingly silos people • “How content is weaponized & disinformation used in politics • “How to ensure free expression with any proposed solutions.” Conversations exploring these issues are extremely important, especia