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Unfriend the Algorithm

Ed Coper & Malcolm Turnbull AC

Conspiracy theories and false news are spread by social media, with real and dangerous consequences for society. Is it time for governments to consider dealing with algorithm bubbles?

 Sydney Opera House will be offering three talks from this years Antidote Festival free and on-demand into schools across Australia.

Watch on demand anytime between 11 - 18 September 2022

This workshop is available to watch On Demand in your classroom via YouTube at any time that suits you between Sunday 11 - Sunday 18 September 2022.

Book now to watch on demand in your classroom.

The duration of this event is 1 hour

Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change

This event is free for all Australian high schools

This program is available free of charge to all Australian high schools. Schools can watch via YouTube.

Suitable for Years 9 - 12. 

This program is recommended for Stages 5 & 6

In English | Auslan interpreted and live captioning available

Auslan interpretation service is provided for audiences who are deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan). Experienced Auslan interpreters will be displayed in the corner of the screen to translate what the speakers are saying into Auslan. The talk will also be live captioned. 


“The Disinformation Age...places on all of us a supreme responsibility to recognise and counter the forces of disinformation”

Ed Coper

Fake news and the common good

Rioters stormed the US Capitol to overturn a presidential election. Medical professionals cite COVID treatment myths, despite no scientific proof. You might have a friend who was a part of lockdown riots, or who is convinced about vaccine conspiracies. It seems crazy - until we realise a decline in traditional news means lies spread quickly online. False information grows in Facebook bubbles, where credibility and accuracy are swapped for a friend's recommendation. This affects governments delivering services, such as mass vaccination to fight a global pandemic. Are social media networks out of control, posing a threat to democracy?

Join former PM Malcolm Turnbull AC and Ed Coper, author of Facts and Other Lies, to discuss whether it's time for governments to prevent the spread of disinformation.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

Speakers

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Ed Coper is a leading communications expert and was on the front lines when the internet collided with democracy, growing Australia's first online political movement GetUp to quickly amass more members than every political party combined. He powered Change.org's global expansion into over eighteen countries and pioneered techniques to bring politics into the digital age, and has been behind the scenes of many of the last decade's most prominent social movements. He has advised campaigns on every continent except Antarctica, and high-profile changemakers from Malala to Richard Branson. Ed founded the New York-based Center for Impact Communications, which has led efforts to safeguard US elections from disinformation and overcome vaccine hesitancy. Ed also founded a New York City creative agency that serviced multiple Nobel Peace laureates, political and social leaders to scale their social impact. His groundbreaking campaigns have raised hundreds of millions of dollars for causes, won landmark social change and have featured in several museum exhibitions. Ed is based in Sydney and is director of the Populares communications agency.

 

Malcolm head shot

Malcolm Turnbull AC, Australia’s 29th Prime Minister (2015-2018) had international careers in law, business and the media before entering politics at the age of 50. 

As Prime Minister, he reformed Australia’s personal income tax, education and childcare systems, oversaw the legalisation of same-sex marriage and announced the construction of Snowy Hydro 2.0 the biggest pumped hydro scheme in the southern hemisphere. Mr Turnbull embarked on the largest peacetime investment in Australian defence capabilities and set out Australia’s first national cybersecurity strategy. 

Globally, Mr Turnbull played a leading role in reviving the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11 or CPTPP)  after the United States withdrew. He also struck deals with US Presidents Obama and Trump to accept refugees who tried to arrive in Australia illegally by boat. 

As a young lawyer, Mr Turnbull successfully defended former MI5 agent Peter Wright against the British Government in the 1986  “Spycatcher” trial before entering business where he ran his own investment banking firm for a decade before joining Goldman Sachs as a partner in 1997. Both before and after his political career, Mr Turnbull has been a successful venture capitalist. He co-founded OzEmail Limited, the first Australian tech company to be listed on the NASDAQ.

Since leaving politics, Mr Turnbull has resumed his business career. He is a senior adviser to KKR and an investor in, and adviser to, many Australian technology businesses. He is a director of the International Hydropower Association and Chairman of Australian Fortescue Future Industries.  Mr Turnbull speaks and writes on a range of issues including cyber security, geopolitics and renewable energy. 

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Frequently Asked Questions - On Demand Programs

What equipment do I need?

All you need is an internet connection! Schools can connect through Youtube in an internet browser however works best for your students (as a classroom or on individual computers.)

If you require technical assistance with your video conferencing facilities, contact your schools’ tech support or alternatively contact our Creative Learning team on 02 9250 7770. 

How do I book?

Click on the link for your preferred session time. If it is the first time you have used DART Connections you will be required to set up a username and password. 

Please note that DART connections is the booking platform for all of our sessions and you will need to book here even if you are not a NSW or DET school.

Once your booking has been confirmed, our team will be in touch with relevant dial in details and to address any technical questions you may have.

What if I can’t book in for the session I want?

Our interactive workshops have limited spaces and do often book out. However it is always a good idea to contact creativelearning@sydneyoperahouse.com if you can’t book in for your preferred session as sometimes we are able to make rearrangements to fit you in. 

Many of our Author Talks and pre-recorded workshops are also available on demand after their original live-streaming to provide more flexibility in your school day! 

What if I need to change or cancel my booking?

Should you discover that the time or date you have previously booked is not suitable, please contact Sydney Opera House Creative Learning on 02 9250 7770 or creativelearning@sydneyoperahouse.com and we will try our best to accommodate you.

How can I prepare my class for their session?

Once your booking is confirmed, our Creative Learning team will send you an email with all the details to prepare for your session. To ensure your students get the most out of the experience, a Teachers’ Resource Pack is available for most programs (see the top of the page). We recommend using these resources in advance of your digital excursion.

How many students can I have participate in the one group? 

As the program is non-interactive, you can book for as many students as you like - a whole school booking of 500 or a single home learner - all are welcome and can be accommodated! 

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