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Meeting Tuesday 7th August - "Critical Information"


By Ian - Posted on 22 May 2018

Our discussion for this meeting is very topical. Humanists, Skeptics and, indeed, anyone else are all welcome.

'The volume of disinformation on the internet is growing so big that it is starting to crowd out real news, the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairman has said. Tory MP Damian Collins said people struggle to identify "fake news". MPs in their committee report said the issue threatens democracy and called for tougher social network regulation.' (BBC Website 29/7/18)

We welcome Mike Flood to discuss his Critical Information project.

Humanism is about a number of things, but a central concern is the pursuit of truth, through honest, open-ended, rational enquiry. Mike Flood is chair of Milton Keynes Humanists, and has devoted much of his energies over the past year or so to investigating the various phenomena associated with ‘Fake Nooz’, propaganda, ‘alternative facts’, the ‘social media bubble’, the misinformation and deliberate disinformation which is disseminated through it, the abuse of personal data for purposes other than those for which it was ostensibly collected, the various agendas of subversion and disorientation which it serves, and more. He has established a website,Critical Information, to act as the vehicle for his project, and has been speaking to a number of local Humanist groups to explain his take on the issue and to engage the support of Humanists (and, of course, Skeptics!) to expand and develop the content.

 

Remember to bring an item for a 'bring and share' session - where everyone brings a news item or cutting that they found interesting to discuss.

Usual arrangements – North End Club, 7.30 start.

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All are welcome - you don't need to be a member.

Just a note about getting in to the club - entry is by the front door on Roff Avenue. Club members with cards can open the door by holding the card over the keypad (to the left of the door) - anyone else, just press the entry button (see the blue light) and wait for the catch to be released ('click') then push the door. We are in the room on the left.

NESC is at Roff Avenue, just off the roundabout with Clapham Road/ Postcode MK41 7TW. There is plenty of parking.

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