IBSC-Europe Day Program, NOV'17

Educating Young People in an Age of Media Distortion, Disinformation, and Manipulation

22 November 2017

Radley College, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

School leaders talk a lot about preparing children for the Information Age and rapid technological change. They aim to train children to use the internet and social media safely and responsibly. Yet opportunities for the manipulation, distortion, fabrication, and airbrushing of opinion and information, via the information revolution, have never been greater. Do school leaders and teachers really understand what they are up against?

Democratic governments, defense and law enforcement agencies, news media, and some academic institutions are waking up to the fact that they have often been outmaneuvered by hostile powers, nonstate organizations, and individuals who seek to change public consciousness toward ends deeply inimical to previously accepted norms of veracity, probity, and objectivity.

Join us to identify the problems, recognize the dangers, and develop ways you can help protect the academic integrity of your students and staff. We strongly encourage schools to send delegates from any discipline who wish to engage with the crucial issues of free speech and objective inquiry.


The conference begins at 9.30 AM and ends at 3.00 PM on Wednesday. 22 November 2017. Review the program schedule here.


Hear vibrant keynote speakers inform and provoke debate among delegates over this central issue of our time. Gain timely advice from:

  • Edward Lucas, Senior Editor, The Economist. Author of Cyberphobia, The Snowden Operation, Deception, and The New Cold War.
  • Michael Gray, Academic and Universities Director, Harrow School (United Kingdom), Author of Contemporary Debates in Holocaust Education and Teaching the Holocaust: Practical Approaches for Ages 11-18.
  • Philip Howard, Professor of Internet Studies, Oxford Internet Institute and Balliol College, University of Oxford. Author of Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up.
  • Stephen Rathbone, Academic Director, Radley College (United Kingdom)
  • Jim Hawkins, Head Master, Harrow School (United Kingdom)


Register by 20 November at 4:00 PM EST. Payment may be made via credit card pr bank wire.

  • IBSC Member Rate is approximately £95 per person (U.S. $125)
  • Nonmember Rate is approximately £128 per person (U.S. $170)