4th April 2018
Kursaal Bern Conference Centre; Room Sopra Grande
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.
Op-ed | Trust in numbers? Why we need strong official statistics in an attention seeking society
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.
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
“Official statistics need to remain a trusted source for citizens in the new data ecosystem” and M. Durand, Chief Statistician of @OECD_Stat provides closing remarks for the conference #Data4Truth pic.twitter.com/xNlVEHLCoW— PARIS21 (@ContactPARIS21) April 4, 2018
|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.