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  • October 23, 2017 - 19:00

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In an age where people have greater access to information than any time in history, are we more—or less—informed, engaged and understanding? Has technology driven us farther into our tribes and bubbles, or has it broadened and deepened our human connections? Is social media too often a purveyor of false news and misinformation, or is it a force for holding power accountable to truth? 

Join our speakers: Denise Balkissoon, editor and columnist with The Globe and MailJonathan Kay, author, columnist and writer; Patrick Lagacé, columnist with La Presse; Jane Lytvynenko, journalist with BuzzFeed News; and Naheed Mustafa, producer, writer and broadcaster, to debate and discuss these fundamental questions. Anne Kornblut, director of strategic communications at Facebook and a Pulitzer Prize winner for her work as the lead editor for The Washington Post's coverage of the Snowden revelations, will moderate.

Monday, October 23
Doors open 6:30pm  |  Discussion 7:00pm  |  Reception  8:30pm

Facebook Canada
661 University Ave, 12th Floor


Denise Balkissoon is an editor in The Globe and Mail’s Life section and a columnist in Comment. The National Magazine Award-winning writer is also a co-founder of The Ethnic Aisle, a blog about race and ethnicity in the Greater Toronto Area. @Balkissoon

Jonathan Kay
is a book author, columnist and freelance writer. His work appears regularly in the National Post, Foreign Affairs magazine and at CBC.ca. @jonkay

Patrick Lagacé has been a columnist at La Presse since 2007. He covers a wide range of topics, from the crime and police beat to education matters and politics. He is an occasional contributor to the Globe and Mail on Québec issues. He has also co-hosted three television shows in the past decade on Télé-Québec and Radio-Canada. He comments on current events daily with 98 5 FM in Montreal, a news and talk radio station. @kick1972

Jane Lytvynenko is a journalist with BuzzFeed News, where she covers online misinformation. Her work focuses on analyzing the spread of fake news and the rise of hyperpartisanship though online platforms. Besides English, she speaks Russian and Ukrainian.  Her work has appeared in Maclean’s, CBC News, and Canadaland, where she was a media reporter and editor. @JaneLytv

Naheed Mustafa
is an award-winning producer, writer, and broadcaster, who is currently a William Southam Journalism Fellow at Massey College. She began her career as a freelance reporter when she moved to Pakistan, where she worked for both local English language media as well as newspapers back home in Canada. After returning to Canada in the mid-90s, Naheed began working as a writer and researcher for documentary films and publications. In 2000, Naheed became a regular documentary contributor at CBC Radio and, later, the BBC and Radio Netherlands. While she works as a generalist, Naheed’s particular area of interest is looking at the social and cultural consequences of political instability. Her work documenting conflict and war in Pakistan and Afghanistan and its impact on civilian populations has appeared in both Canadian and international media. Alongside documentary, Naheed has also worked as a producer for a variety of news and current affairs programs at CBC Radio including Dispatches, As It Happens, The Current, and Ideas@NaheedMustafa


Anne Kornblut is the director of strategic communications at Facebook, working closely on policy issues. She previously served as an editor of the Washington Post, where she won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2014 as the lead editor for coverage of the Snowden revelations. She has served as a White House correspondent; covered the 2000, 2004, and 2008 presidential campaigns; and wrote a book about women in politics after covering Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin in the 2008 campaign. She worked previously with the New York Times and Boston Globe@annekornblut



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