4th April 2018

Kursaal Bern Conference Centre; Room Sopra Grande

Bern, Switzerland

New information technologies have resulted in the current “post-truth” digital era, where the spread of “fake news” through social media and complex algorithms have led to divisive virtual echo chambers and information bubbles of like-minded people.

Polarised opinion landscapes and widespread misinformation have formed in an environment where emotions and beliefs prevail over facts and evidence. Against this background, there is a growing consensus among policy makers that something needs to be done to regulate the new data ecosystem, educate citizens and limit the misuse of data and information.

In today’s fragmented information landscape, this conference will look at how official statistics and data play a critical role in making true and reliable information available to society and encouraging the use of facts and evidence by citizens.


Pre-Conference Information


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Logistical Information

Logistical Note


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Press Conference 

4 April | Press Conference

Additional Resources

3 tips to avoid data traps

Op-ed | Trust in numbers? Why we need strong official statistics in an attention seeking society

Post-Conference Information


Conference Summary


Keynote on Fake News, Bubbles and Official Statistics - Vincent Hendricks, University of Copenhagen

Calling Bullsh*t: Data reasoning for the digital age - Jevin West, University of Seattle

Lost Opportunities - can they be recovered? - Pali Lehohla, Independent Accountability Panel

Role of Data in SDG Implementation - Michael Gerber, Swiss Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development

Data for the SDGs - Francesca Perucci, Assistant Director, United Nations Statistics Division


More photos from the event are available on flickr.

PARIS21 Annual Meetings 2018

A video highlighting the "Truth in numbers" conference and the PARIS21 Board meeting is available on vimeo

2018 PARIS21 Annual Meetings from PARIS21 Secretariat on Vimeo.


Hashtag #Data4Truth

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Statistik und Fake News Radio SRF 4 NEWS
La statistique publique pour lutter contre les fake news RTS Un / Le journal 19h30
Vertrauen in öffentliche Daten immer wichtiger SRF 1 / Tagesschau Hauptausgabe
Fake news La statistica pubblica per smontarle Corriere del Ticino  
Heikler Kampf gegen Fake-News Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Der Faktenlieferant unter Druck Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Fake News: Vertrauen in öffentliche Daten immer wichtiger SDA / Schweizerische Depeschenagentur  
Datas per cumbatter Fake News rtr.ch
Swiss use public statistics to fight fake news Swissinfo.ch


This conference is organised under the auspices of the PARIS21 Annual Meetings, in collaboration with the Swiss government.



Francesca Perucci - Data for the SDGs UNSD.pptx
Pali Lehohla.pptx
Jevin West - Calling Bullshit - Data reasoning for the digital age.pdf
Hendricks - Bern - online.pdf
Presentation MGerber_PARIS21_truth in numbers.pdf