Young People in the ‘Post-Truth’ Era: What is Real?

26 May , 11:45–13:00
International Youth Economic Forum
Pavilion G, Conference Hall G7

Today, members of generations Y and Z (those born between 1984 and 2000) mainly receive and provide information through social media, messengers and videoblogs. This situation is problematic, given the considerable growth in information flows and the introduction of post-truth politics. The latter diminishes the importance of actual facts in favour of emotional charge and personal convictions when it comes to forming public opinion. Popular channels provide false information under catchy headlines. This so-called ‘news’ often appears to shed an alternative light on certain events, but can result in destabilizing society. Are there any proven tools to manage the risks of the post-truth era? What current and potential fact-checking mechanisms exist, and how should they be employed? What should be the role of the state in this regard? What should be the degree of moral and legal responsibility for posting false information in modern communication channels, and is it possible to make young people immune to fake news?

Andrey Kiyashko, Deputy Head of News, Russia Today

Andrey Afanasyev, Journalist, Anchor, Tsargrad TV Channel
Dmitry Gornostayev, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Rossiya Segodnya
Nikita Danyuk, Deputy Director, Institute for Strategic Studies and Predictions of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia
Georgy Kaptelin, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Russian News Agency TASS
Kristina Potupchik, President, Open New Democracy Fund
Mikhail Khomich, Deputy Prime Minister, Udmurt Republic