WHISTLING AT THE FAKE
INTERNATIONAL FINAL CONFERENCE
Mal- Mis- Disinformation and the Role of Whistleblowers
The Whistling at the Fake International Final Conference was held online on Zoom on the 5th and 6th of May 2022. The event, which followed several months of work, research, and collaboration focused on hostile forms of information including misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation, as well as on whistleblowing, representing an important conclusive moment of reflection on the critical issues that have been considered during the course of the project activities.
During the event, a series of terrific panelists illustrated and discussed cases of hostile and misleading information as well as the crucial role that whistleblowers, leakers, and investigative journalists play in countering such phenomena. Also, the event offered the unique opportunity to listen to and learn from the opinions expressed by several amazing whistleblowers, who had the courage of fighting disinformation and unveiling the truth.
The video recordings of all the fascinating sessions of discussion are available below.
Day 1 - Panel 1
Whistleblowers as gatekeepers of the truth in the age of disinformation
Chair: Prof. Diane Ring
Interim Dean of Faculty, Professor of Law at Boston College Law
"Disinformation affecting society’s most vulnerable individuals"
Staff Attorney and Director of the International Program at Government Accountability Project
"Disinformation and whistleblowing in the public sector: a reflection on the project outcomes"
Lawyer and Partner at Constantine Cannon LLP
"Disinformation and whistleblowing in the private sector: a reflection on the project outcomes"
Day 1 - Panel 2
Disinformation in times of crisis
Chair: Dr. Branislav Hock
Senior Lecturer in Economic Crime at the University of Portsmouth
Global Communications and Advocacy Director for the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development
"Disinformation as a silent/not so silent but deadly pandemic"
Dr. Pietro Maria Sabella
Adjunct Professor in Criminal Law at the University LUISS Guido Carli
"Disinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic: The Italian case"
Dr. Ammar Naji
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Arabic at Colorado College
"The Weaponization of Media Disinformation in the Yemen Crisis"
Analyst, Security Program, at the Center for the Study of Democracy
"Disinformation during wartime: Focus on the invasion of Ukraine"
Dr. Eliana Lauretta
Assistant Professor in Finance at Coventry University
"Misperception of financial risk and market misinformation"
Day 1 - Panel 3
Disinformation and the Corporate World
Chair: Stephen Holden
Project Senior Research Associate, Ph.D. Candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University
CSR Blog Contributor, NCA Candidate
"A lesson from Cambridge Analytica: How to avoid the social media trap?"
CSR Blog Contributor, Junior Labour & Social Relations Specialist at ENGIE Romania
"Corporate disinformation and the environment: the Volkswagen emissions scandal"
CSR Blog Contributor, LPC Candidate
"Suppression of information to cover harmful corporate operations: The Takata case"
Day 2 - Panel 1
Disinformation, Scientific Integrity, and Whistleblowing
Chair: Dr. Laure Ognois
Director of Research Services at the University of Geneva
Dr. Virginia Burkett
Chief Scientist for Climate and Land Use Change at the United States Geological Survey
"Silence over science: Unethical political interference in government science"
Dr. Babak Babakinejad
Research Scientist, Whistleblower
"Integrity and disinformation risks in elitist academic environments"
Prof. Frits Rosendaal
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and chairman of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology at the Leiden University
"Whistleblowers as safeguards of scientific truth: The position of academic institutions"
Dr. Peter Doshi
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Health at the University of Maryland, Senior Editor at The British Medical Journal
"Improving the integrity of science: the role of investigative journalism"
Dr. Dawn Carpenter
Practitioner Fellow at Georgetown University, Host of the "What Does It Profit?" podcast
"The value of truth in science"
Day 2 - Panel 2
Whistleblowing and Disinformation: Exploring the Legal Challenges
Chair: Prof. Maurizio Bianchini
Associate Professor of Business Law at the University of Padova
Prof. Francesca Benatti
Associate Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Padova
"The whistleblowing dilemma between ethics and law"
Investigative Journalist and Author
"Dinesh Thakur: the perilous journey of a whistleblower"
Prof. Silvia Bertocco
Associate Professor of Labour Law at the University of Padova
"Whistleblowing in the workplace: the Italian case"
Day 2 - Panel 3
International Poster Competition
Chair: Prof. Mark James
Professor of Sports Law and Law School Research Lead at Manchester Metropolitan University
Benedetta Sartor – Poster Competition – First Prize
"Fake news and social networks: an overview on the periods before and after the pandemic"
Demet Altunay – Poster Competition – Second Prize
Beatrice Sartori – Poster Competition – Third Prize
"How disinformation can affect rating systems on platform workers"
Benedetta Barozzi – Poster Competition – Special Mention
"Whistling at contract secrecy in a pandemic scenario"
Day 2 - Panel 4
Innovative Strategies for Countering Disinformation
Chair: Dr. Donato Vozza
Lecturer in Law at the University of Roehampton
CEO of WhistleblowersUK, Director of Strategy/Policy, All Party Parliamentary Group for Whistleblowing
"The Whistleblowing Bill: Protecting whistleblowers to counter disinformation"
Brittany Nicole Kaiser – Cambridge Analytica Former Business Development Director, Founder Own Your Data Foundation
"Empowering Individuals Through Digital Intelligence Education"
Louise Hisayasu – The Glass Room project coordinator at Tactical Tech, Researcher
"Exploring misinformation: The Glass Room project"