SPEAKING

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David is a prolific speaker and is available for a wide variety of audiences, including the business and non-profit communities, academia, and student groups in the U.S. and around the world.


MOST FREQUENTLY REQUESTED SPEAKING TOPICS

Fake News and Society

David has been combating “fake news” for decades. Far in advance of the 2016 election, David has keenly observed the rise of false information, myths, and urban legends in the digital age. More than that, David and his team have been debunking false stories on everything from politics, entertainment, crime, health, and beyond for years -- reaching an audience of millions. In this talk, David walks audiences through the origins of fake news, its impact on politics and society, and how individuals, families, organizations, companies, and governments can protect themselves in this new information environment.

 

Investigative Journalism Online

The rise of the digital age has ushered in a golden age for investigative journalism. David has been at the forefront of the emerging age of investigative journalism. With new tools available to anyone, citizen journalists have been able to verify and discover information as they never have previously done. Even as traditional news sources, such as local newspapers have declined, a new group of organizations is stepping up to fill that role. David will walk audiences through tools and techniques that they can use to not only protect themselves from misinformation but to become active online citizen journalists themselves. David, moreover, will discuss the impact of investigative journalism on individuals, organizations, corporations and the government – all of whom must be prepared to survive and thrive in this new information environment.

 

Myth, Fact, and Urban Legend from the Stone Age to the Digital Age

For as long as humans have communicated, myth, rumor, gossip, and falsehood have been a part of that conversation. In this sweeping and entertaining talk, David walks us through the long history of misinformation and disinformation both on and offline. Using case studies and anecdotes of infamous episodes throughout history, David brings alive the phenomenon of fake news for this generation and offers critical lessons for individuals, families, organizations, and societies on how they can survive and thrive in today’s information environment.

 

TESTIMONIAL

David - On behalf of the State Department, please accept our heartfelt thanks for briefing our recent group of visiting international journalists. The group enjoyed the session, learned a lot, and came away energized! Thank you, thank you.
— Shana Kieran, The United States Department of State

PAST EVENTS

SXSW
March 10, 2018
Austin, TX Keynote

ADL Never is Now Summit
November 13, 2017
San Francisco, CA Q & A

Public Lecture c/o the U.S. Mission Switzerland
April 27, 2017
Basel, Switzerland Keynote

Talk at The CORE Club
February 20, 2018
New York City, NY Q & A with The NYT’s Jim Rutenberg

TECH Open Air
July 13, 2017
Berlin, Germany Keynote

TechWeek LA
November 15, 2017
Los Angeles, CA Keynote

U.S. Department of State Reporting Tour on “Media Literacy and Press Freedom”
June 12, 2017
San Francisco, CA Keynote