Tackling Misinformation: A Lunch and Learn Panel Discussion

Event Overview

The University of Ottawa's Kanata North campus, in collaboration with the Professional Development Institute and the Information Integrity Lab, is excited to announce an enlightening lunch and learn panel discussion that will delve into the critical and timely issues surrounding misinformation.

In today's digital age, information circulates freely, yet misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation (MDM) present substantial challenges to individuals, technology companies, and society. Join us and our panel of experts for an informative session that will provide valuable insights into the consequences of misinformation, effective strategies for its identification and assessment, and the important role of media literacy in cultivating a better informed public. 

Event Audience

This event is pertinent to professionals in the tech sector and individuals interested in understanding the business impacts of disinformation.

Networking Opportunity

Attendees are encouraged to network and connect with the panellists and fellow attendees to exchange ideas and explore potential collaborations in the fight against MDM.

Event Agenda

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM 

Registration and Networking

Networking opportunity to connect with colleagues and like-minded individuals over lunch.

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Welcome Address

Jeff Musson, Executive Director of Coding for Veterans 

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Panel Discussion and Q&A


  • Alan McCafferty, uOttawa PDI Cyber Security Program Director and Technical Lead uOttawa Information Integrity Lab
  • John Ruttle, Executive Producer, News and Information Programming, CTV News Ottawa
  • Umar Ruhi, Director, Centre for Business Analytics & Performance, Vice-Dean, uOttawa Telfer School of Management

Discussion Topics

  • Identifying Misinformation: What is Misinformation, Disinformation and Malinformation (MDM) and exploring techniques and tools to recognize MDM.
  • The Impact of Misinformation: Real-world examples of the consequences of misinformation on technology companies, individuals, society, public institutions and more.
  • Combating Misinformation: Strategies of technology companies and individuals to assess and to mitigate and combat the impact of MDM on your organization.
  • Promoting Media Literacy: The importance of media literacy in empowering individuals to critically assess information sources.

12:45 PM - 1:00 PM

Q&A Session

The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions to the panellists, fostering a deeper understanding of MDM and its solutions.