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Thursday December 1 2022, 6pm GMT

Digital Dictators, with Nobel Peace Prize Winner Maria Ressa and Gabriel Gatehouse

Politics &
Economics

This event will be pre-recorded in HD video and audiences will be invited to submit their questions in advance.*

Maria Ressa has spent years exposing how governments use the internet to control and manipulate their citizens. In 2021 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her fearless efforts to safeguard freedom of expression by tracking and documenting the disinformation networks planted by the Philippines government in its campaign to foment hatred of drug users among its citizens and cement the power of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Now, hounded by the state, Ressa lives knowing that there are multiple arrest warrants against her and she faces a potential 100 years or more behind bars if she were to return to the Philippines. On Thursday December 1 she comes to Intelligence Squared with a stark warning of how democracy slowly decays. In conversation with broadcaster Gabriel Gatehouse she will argue that the dominant platforms of the digital world are killing our freedoms. She will map a network of disinformation that has spread across the globe: from Duterte’s drug wars, to America’s Capitol Hill, to Britain’s Brexit, to global cyberwarfare, to Facebook and Silicon Valley, to our own clicks and our own votes. Told from the frontline of the digital war, this is Maria Ressa’s urgent call to regulate the way in which we consume information online, before it is too late.

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Digital Dictators, with Nobel Peace Prize Winner Maria Ressa and Gabriel Gatehouse


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Speaker
  • Maria Ressa

    Filipino-American journalist

Chair
  • Gabriel Gatehouse

    Journalist, broadcaster and former International editor of BBC Newsnight


Location
  • Online event
Time
  • Thursday 1 December 2022
  • 6pm to 7pm GMT



Speakers

Speaker

Maria Ressa

Filipino-American journalist


Filipino-American journalist whose work investigating online disinformation networks and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s regime has landed her with 10 arrest warrants in less than two years. She was TIME Person of the Year in 2018 and is one of TIME's 100 Women of the Century, with accolades from Hillary Clinton among others. Ressa is CEO of news website Rappler, a Nobel Peace Prize Winner in 2021 and winner of the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize 2021.  
Chair

Gabriel Gatehouse

Journalist, broadcaster and former International editor of BBC Newsnight


Journalist and broadcaster. He is the former International editor of BBC Newsnight and has worked as a foreign correspondent in East Africa, Libya, Iraq, Russia and Ukraine. In 2022 he hosted the hit BBC podcast 'The Coming Storm' about the rise of online conspiracies and radicalisation in America.