Home

Last out of the box: hope

30 January 2005

So as not to end on a sour note, here are two things. 

First, an "instant memory" site - under construction but open for business soon. Consider: the people at the forum are looking for autonomy and freedom - goals that are no less worthy for them than they are for the rich and privileged.

Second, a scene late this afternoon at the India House (built to celebrate achievements of last year's WSF in Mumbai). As the session wound down, Indian and Brazilian delegates danced together and were very happy. Brazilian and Indian rhythms together.  On the wall to one side, Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore:

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world is not broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from depths of truth
Where tireless striving stretches for perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary sand of tired habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever widening thought and act
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father
Let my country awake.

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.

Join us on Thursday 21 January, 5pm UK time/12pm EST.

Hear from:

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 

Further speakers to be announced

Had enough of ‘alternative facts’? openDemocracy is different Join the conversation: get our weekly email

Comments

We encourage anyone to comment, please consult the oD commenting guidelines if you have any questions.
Audio available Bookmark Check Language Close Comments Download Facebook Link Email Newsletter Newsletter Play Print Share Twitter Youtube Search Instagram WhatsApp yourData