The Battle for the Truth - Democracy & Disinformation in the Digital Media World



Flemish Parliament

De strijd om de waarheid - Over democratie en desinformatie in de digitale mediawereld


Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts

Activity in the context of the Thinkers' cycle 

This is the final symposium of the KVAB Thinkers' Programme on Democracy & Disinformation that aimed to reflect on the impact of disinformation on the democratic processes.

'Thinkers-in-residence' Anja Bechmann and Ben O'Loughlin present their findings. Policymakers and experts from media and academia respond.

The symposium will be held in English. It will take place at the Flemish Parliament in Brussels. 



01 Registration & Coffee 09:00 - 10:00
02 Opening 10:00 - 10:15
Karel Velle, Voorzitter KVAB (spreker)
03 About the Thinkers' Programme 10:15 - 10:30
Jaak Billiet, KVAB, KU Leuven (spreker)
04 Disinformation crisis in Europe? Evidence from the European 2019 elections 10:30 - 12:00
Claes de Vreese, University of Amsterdam (spreker)
4.1 Responses
Tim Pauwels, VRT (spreker)
Lien Verpoest, KU Leuven (spreker)
4.2 Q&A
05 Lunch 12:00 - 13:00
6 Preliminary thinkers report on Democracy and Disinformation 13:00 - 15:00
Anja Bechmann, Aarhus University (spreker)
Ben O'Loughlin, Royal Holloway, University of London (spreker)
6.1 Responses
Jan-Frederik Abbeloos, De Standaard (spreker)
Ike Picone, VUB (spreker)
Katia Segers, Sp.a (spreker)
6.2 Q&A
7 Response from federal minister Philippe De Backer 15:00 - 15:30
Philippe De Backer, Federaal minister van Digitale Agenda, Telecom & Post (spreker)
8 Closing 15:30 - 15:45
Peter Van Aelst, UAntwerpen (spreker)
9 Reception 15:45 - 16:45