SNS Paris: Can we fix fake news? – The internet as a threat to democracy

Tid och plats

Tisdag 2 april 2019, 19:00–21:00
Cercle Suédois, 242, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

On April 2, SNS Paris will hold a seminar with the famous lawyer Dan Shefet and the New York Times journalist, the Pulitzer Prize winner, Serge Schmemann.

We live in an age of disinformation. Democracy is widely considered to be at risk unless governments take action to combat fake news. Is there a way to stop fake news and what will happen if we don’t try?

In November 2018 France passed a new law against ”manipulation of information” which is considered to be western Europe´s first attempt to ban false material. Fake news comes in multiple variants, such as nation state-sponsored disinformation, commercially-driven sensational content, propaganda and social media. Is it, for an example, at all possible to hold social media accountable from a legal point of view?


Dan Shefet, the lawyer who obtained the first judgement in a member state against Google on the basis of the Right to be Forgotten ruling. That is, the right to get search results about oneself removed. He is the founder of the Association for Accountability and Internet Democracy (AAID). Dan Shefet is also an Individual Specialist to UNESCO and Advisor to the Council of Europe

Serge Schmemann, journalist and a member of the editorial board of the New York Times. Mr. Schmemann received the Pulitzer Prize in 1991 and the Emmy Award in 2003.

Time and place

Tuesday April 2 at 19:00– 21:00. Cercle Suédois, 242, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Registration and fee

To register for the meeting, contact: The meeting is free of charge for SNS members and CCSF members. JCC members and students 10 euros. For non-members, the fee is 20 euros.

To become a member of SNS, click on the following link: Payment of membership fee.


The Board of SNS Paris