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Severe Information Disorder: Can we restore a healthier information economy?

April 27, 2021 @ 4:00 pm


April 27, 2021
4:00 pm
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Cambridge Forum
3 Church St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Many of the problems we face in the world today – the global pandemic, the economic crisis, political violence of the kind that rocked the Capitol in January – are the result of our severe information disorder. How do we create a universe of truthful and verifiable information, available to everyone?

We are swimming in a sea of lies, but what can we do about it? MIT Open Learning’s Peter Kaufman has some suggestions. For starters, it might be time to think anew about our rights to knowledge, our approach to the public sphere, and our concept of information and the public good.

In his book, The New Enlightenment And The Fight To Free Knowledge, Kaufman fills us in on the history of knowledge and the price that was exacted to disseminate it.

What can we do to counter the powerful forces that have purposely crippled our efforts to share knowledge widely and freely?

Join us for a stimulating exchange on this important topic on Tuesday, April 27 at 4 pm ET.

Register for this Zoom webinar now here:


Peter Kaufman is a writer, teacher, and documentary producer who works at MIT Open Learning.

He will be joined by Casey Davis-Kaufman (no relation) who is Associate Director of GBH Archives and Project Manager for the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.