Space is limited. There are no fees to attend. Travel stipends available.

A Summit & Creative Studio on Misinformation

February 24-26, 2017 • MIT Media Lab and The Nieman Foundation for Journalism




Misinformation, and increasingly disinformation, is distorting people’s ability to make sense of the world around them, threatening the democratic process around the globe. While not a new phenomenon, the problem is compounded by both the speed that information travels in our networked world, and the technological and cultural “filter bubbles” that we live our lives in. This is a problem that impacts all of us.

MisinfoCon is a community of people focused on the challenge of misinformation and what can be done to address it. The gathering seeks to strengthen the trustworthiness of information across the entire news ecosystem: journalism, platform, community, verification, fact checking and reader experience.

Bringing together participants from different backgrounds to lead discussions and develop and test product prototypes, our goal is to connect leaders and develop actionable steps on how the various sectors can work together.

We will convene ambassadors from technology platforms, news organizations, groups in the fact checking and verification space, as well as experts in social sciences, media literacy, policy, advocacy, cyber security and more. 

This is a challenge that requires a big tent solution. Software developers designers, librarians, academics and actual, honest-to-goodness “real people” that are impacted by misinformation are all welcome.

Questions? Please get in touch.

All parts of the event will be held at MIT Media Lab & Nieman Foundation, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A preliminary schedule is below. Updates forthcoming.


Friday, Feb 24
2-5PM: Nieman Foundation talks & town hall (invitation only)
6-9PM: Opening reception, networking and demos

Saturday, Feb 25

10-4PM: Creative Studio: talks, discussions & design sessions

10-late: Hack space open

Sunday, Feb 26

10-4PM: Creative Studio

4PM: Presentations 

Where to stay

MisinfoCon Room Block at Boston Marriott Cambridge ($179/night)

Start date: 2/23/17
End date: 2/27/17
Last day to book: 2/9/17
Book your group rate online.

Into the sharing economy? Check out the MisinfoCon room sharing & ride sharing board.


MisinfoCon would not be possible without financial support from:

Center for Civic Media