Chinese new year

21 December 2005

The thousands of ministers, wonks and hacks who descended on Hong Kong last week have all now left, even those who stayed on after the WTO ministerial to scale Victoria Peak or, in the case of the Daily Telegraph's Beijing correspondent, to seek out Brussels sprouts for Christmas dinner.

But spare a thought for the 14 protesters - 11 Koreans, one Chinese, one Taiwanese and one Japanese - who have been charged with illegal assembly. The other 944 protesters arrested after last Saturday's demonstrations have been released; most have returned home. The remaining 14 will face trial and have found legal advice. A protest, it seems, is not just for Christmas. 

How can Americans fight dark money and disinformation?

Violence, corruption and cynicism threaten America's flagging democracy. Joe Biden has promised to revive it – but can his new administration stem the flow of online disinformation and shady political financing that has eroded the trust of many US voters?

Hear from leading global experts and commentators on what the new president and Congress must do to stem the flood of dark money and misinformation that is warping politics around the world.

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Emily Bell Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism and director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

Anoa Changa Journalist focusing on electoral justice, social movements and culture

Peter Geoghegan openDemocracy investigations editor and author of 'Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics'

Josh Rudolph Fellow for Malign Finance at the Alliance for Securing Democracy

Chair: Mary Fitzgerald Editor-in-chief, openDemocracy 

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