Severe Information Disorder

TUE, APR 27, 2021 (1:01:41)

Many of the problems we face in the world today – the global pandemic, the economic crisis, political violence of the kind that rocked the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 – are the result of our severe information disorder. How do we create a universe of truthful and verifiable information, available to everyone?

We are swimming in a sea of lies, but what can we do about it? MIT Open Learning’s Peter Kaufman has some suggestions. For starters, it might be time to think anew about our rights to knowledge, our approach to the public sphere, and our concept of information and the public good.

In his book, The New Enlightenment And The Fight To Free Knowledge, Kaufman fills us in on the history of knowledge and the price that was exacted to disseminate it.

What can we do to counter the powerful forces that have purposely crippled our efforts to share knowledge widely and freely?

+ BIO: Peter Kaufman

Peter Kaufman is a writer, teacher, and documentary producer who works at MIT Open Learning.

He is author of “Severe Information Disorder”

+ BIO: Casey Davis-Kaufman

Casey Davis-Kaufman is the Associate Director of GBH Archives and Project Manager for the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.

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