#Misinformation #Propaganda #Fake News – A Danish Perspective

November 30, 2018, 8.30am-3.30pm

Symposium Agenda

7.30 | Registration and coffee

8.30 | Introduction by Lisbeth Knudsen, Managing Editor, Mandag Morgen and moderator

8.35 | Opening remarks by Anders Samuelsen, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs

8.45 | Opening remarks by Carla Sands, U.S. Ambassador to Denmark

8.55 | Plenary Session I: Challenges and Solutions

Keynote speakers:

  • Jonathan Albright, Director of the Digital Forensics Initiative, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University
  • Lucas Graves, Director of Research, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, The University of Oxford

10.15 | Coffee break and networking

10.40 | Plenary Session II: The Responsibility of the Tech Industry

  • Video message from Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner for Competition

Keynote speakers:

  • Jon Steinberg, Public Policy and Government Relations Senior Manager, Google
  • Martin Ruby, Head of Public Policy for Benelux & Nordics, Facebook

11.30 | Lunch break and networking

12.20 | Breakout Sessions

The breakout sessions will focus on three aspects on fake news and misinformation:

Breakout Session A:
Education about Fake News and Misinformation

Keynote speaker:
Charles Salter, Chief Operating Officer, The News Literacy Project


  • Camilla Mehlsen, advisor on digital children and youth culture and project manager at the Centre for Information and Bubble Studies, University of Copenhagen
  • Erkan Özden, journalist and news anchor at the Danish Broadcasting Cooperation, who have been working with a Danish project on youth and misinformation
  • Linda Petersen, chairman of Foreningen af Lærere i Samfundsfag (FALS), a Danish social science teacher organization

Moderator: Astrid Haug, digital advisor and author

Breakout Session B:
State Sponsored Disinformation and Security Policy

Keynote speaker:
Claus Hjort Frederiksen, Danish Minister of Defence


  • Andy Pryce, Head of Counter Disinformation and Media Development Programme, UK Government
  • Alina Polyakova, fellow at the Brookings Institution
  • Mikael Tofvesson, Head of Emergency Preparedness at Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)

Moderator: Ida Ebbensgaard, International Editor at the Danish Newspaper, Berlingske

Breakout Session C:
Media Responsibility and Solutions

Keynote speaker:
Martin Jönsson, Head of editorial development, The Swedish Newspaper Dagens Nyheter


  • Pierre Collignon, Editor, The Danish newspaper Berlingske
  • Thomas Falbe, Head of news, Danish Broadcasting Corporation
  • Lars Werge, President, The Danish Union of Journalists

Moderator: Jakob Nielsen, Editor-in-chief, Mandag Morgen and Altinget

1.50 | Plenary Session III: The Next Stage of Misinformation

The Future of Reality – and what we can do about it
Keynote speaker: Aviv Ovadya, Founder of the Thoughtful Technology Project

2.45-3.00 | Concluding Remarks by Lisbeth Knudsen, Managing Editor, Mandag Morgen

3.00-3.30 | Refreshments and networking

Please note that changes in the agenda can occur. 

Practical information

Date: November 30, 2018
Time: 8.30am – 3.30pm
Venue: Eigtveds Pakhus, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Strandgade 25G, 1401 Copenhagen K
Symposium language: English
Registration: By invitation only

If you have any questions, please contact project coordinator Kathrine Hjort Gellert at konference@mm.dk or +45 9215 2037