Informed Conference 2022

The next edition of INFORMED will take place in January 22-24, 2024. Click here for more information.


From information integrity and tech whistleblowing to online trust and safety and the value chain from academic research to policymaking and regulation, Knight’s inaugural INFORMED conference featured some of the field’s most incisive scholars, technologists, journalists, and policymakers. Their wide-ranging conversations explored the topics at the heart of the public discourse on technology and democracy.

See the recorded sessions below.


Part 1 – Elected leaders and experts discuss the latest efforts to protect the security and integrity of the democratic process.

Part 2 – Elected leaders and experts discuss the latest efforts to protect the security and integrity of the democratic process.

In her role at the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, Alondra Nelson leads efforts to ensure federal policy is informed by evidence. This conversation will explore how researchers and policymakers can work together to advance the public interest.

A year after Wall Street Journal published The Facebook Files exposé, whistleblower Frances Haugen sits down with the reporter who broke the story to discuss what we’ve learned since then – and what we still don’t know. 

Experts from the academy and journalism reflect on how online conspiracy became a mainstay in U.S. politics and civic life – and how to address it.

Noted experts discuss how disinformation online continues to affect public health and policy, and what lessons from the COVID response can be applied to the next infodemic.

This session will explore a novel collaboration between  academics and researchers at Meta to understand the impact of Facebook and Instagram in the context of the 2020 US elections.

Thought leaders from academia, industry, and government discuss the technology and policies that can reduce online hate and harassment and protect equal access to digital space. 

Experts evaluate the tools policymakers have to ensure competition in the tech sector, and whether and how they should be deployed.

Yoel Roth, Twitter’s former Head of Trust and Safety, gives his first in-depth interview since resigning from the company. He speaks to tech journalist Kara Swisher about Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, why he chose to leave the company and how platforms moderate online speech. This conversation will be taped live for the New York Magazine podcast “On with Kara Swisher.”

The internet technologies created to help connect us to information and each other increasingly are being used to drive communities apart and undermine democracy.  As society reflects and technologies evolve, how can we harness this moment to remake an internet that serves us all?

According to the Pew Research Center, nearly three-quarters of U.S. Latinos now get their news online, where the exposure to false or dangerous narratives is more likely. With digital platforms struggling to fact-check and moderate Spanish-language content, what can be done to ensure that Spanish speakers have access to accurate civic information? 

Scholars share insights from their research on tech, media, and democracy. 

Can better competition in the tech sector solve democracy’s current challenges?

Featured Speakers

Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and a Principal Researcher at the Center for Information, Technology and Public Life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice