Misinformation Village 2023 – DEFCON 31

Role:

Conference Chair, Programme Chair

About the conference:

The annual Misinformation Village conference took place in Las Vegas, USA, from August 11-13, 2023. The event was dedicated to exploring the ever-evolving landscape of misinformation and disinformation, with a particular focus on the role of cyber offense tactics in destabilizing societal structures and functions. The conference delved into various aspects of cyber threats, ranging from data breaches, ransomware attacks, and disinformation campaigns to targeted attacks on critical infrastructure. The potential consequences of these threats, such as disruptions to essential services like healthcare, transportation, and finance, were also discussed.

The conference called for proposals exploring security risk assessments, threat models, responses, and analyses of the broader information landscape. The event also sought contributions that map ecosystem actors and evaluate asset allocation and response effectiveness, especially in the context of election integrity projects. The conference was particularly interested in contributions investigating tools for content authenticity, information verifiability, and the role of decentralized protocols and cryptography in building trust in digital media. Also, insights on the legal frameworks related to data privacy, security, and freedom of speech were welcomed. The conference offered a diverse lineup of discussions, exercises, and panels, covering a wide range of topics, including the contrasting disinformation strategies of global powers, the role of Twitter in U.S. political discourse, and the real threats posed by artificial intelligence and machine learning. Attendees had the opportunity to engage directly in the creation of digital threats and incidents, disinformation campaigns, advocacy, and storytelling.

Programme:

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