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The Weaponization of Social Media

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February 25, 2020 | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm MT | The Calgary Petroleum Club, 319 5th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB


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The Canadian Global Affairs Institute and our title sponsor AltaCorp Capital were delighted to welcome Peter W. Singer to our 2020 Calgary Speaker Dinner. The discussion explored the weaponization of social media and how it is affecting war, politics and civil society. Viral misinformation is altering the result of battles, elections, share prices, public health, and the fate of nations. What can we do to navigate our way through a world increasingly shaped by “likes” and lies?

Peter W. Singer is a Strategist and Senior Fellow at New America. He has been named by the Smithsonian as one of the U.S.’s 100 leading innovators, by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people on defence issues, by Foreign Policy to their Top 100 Global Thinkers List, and as an official “Mad Scientist” for the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. His past work includes serving at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Harvard University, an editor at Popular Science magazine, and as the founding director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings. Peter’s award winning books include Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War and his latest book LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media.  

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