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Wednesday, July 14 • 5:30pm - 6:20pm
Disinformation Games

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The U.S. Department of State's Global Engagement Center (GEC) will host an expert roundtable to discuss the use of digital games to counter disinformation and extremism. The GEC will discuss the game it co-funded with the Department of Homeland Security, "Harmony Square" (nominated for two G4C awards!), and the gameplay mechanics of "active inoculation" to bolster cognitive defenses against disinformation. The GEC will be joined by several other academic and commercial developers of games that address the problems of environmental, political, and ideological disinformation in fun ways.

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Tyler Golson

Senior Tech Advisor, Novetta
Senior Technology Advisor for Novetta, Tyler Golson is a contractor supporting the U.S. Department of State's Global Engagement center. He is an expert in extremism and disinformation on social media

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Lindsay Grace

Knight Chair in Interactive Media / Vice President, University of Miami / Higher Education Video Game Alliance
Lindsay is Knight Chair in Interactive Media at the University of Miami School of Communication. He is Vice President for the Higher Education Video Game Alliance and the 2019 recipient of the Games for Change Vanguard award. Lindsay's book, Doing Things with Games, Social Impact... Read More →
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Susan Rivers

Executive Director / Chief Scientist, iThrive Games
Susan Rivers, PhD, is Executive Director and Chief Scientist of iThrive Games. Susan designs responsive environments and experiences that facilitate deep learning about themselves and the world. Susan believes that games, game design, and play are powerful tools for learning, forging... Read More →
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Jon Roozenbeek

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge
Jon Roozenbeek is a postdoctoral fellow at the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on misinformation, vaccine hesitancy and online extremism. His doctoral dissertation (2020) examined media discourse in conflict zones, particularly... Read More →
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John Cook

Research Fellow, Monash University
John Cook is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Climate Change Communication Research Hub at Monash University. His research focus is on using critical thinking to build resilience against misinformation. In 2007, he founded Skeptical Science, a website that won the 2011 Australia... Read More →
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James Vaughan

Founder, Ndemic Creations
James is the creator of Plague Inc. - a global hit with over 160 million players and one of the top five most successful paid mobile games ever.Originally a hobby, Plague Inc. has consistently remained at the top of the charts since 2012 and James was even invited to the CDC to talk... Read More →

Wednesday July 14, 2021 5:30pm - 6:20pm EDT