The dark arts of online deception run the gamut from love rats and confidence tricksters to dedicated political disinformation campaigns. Hear memoirist Stephanie Wood (Fake) and Soviet-born British journalist Peter Pomerantsev (This is Not Propaganda) in conversation with guest curator Rebecca Giggs. They consider the scale of these manipulations, how they impact personal lives, and how identity – and intimacy – are changing in the information age. Together, they examine our faith in facts and the difference between self-promotion and outright deception.
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Peter Pomerantsev (International)
Peter Pomerantsev is a prize-winning Soviet-born British journalist and author. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics, studying 21st-century information manipulation and how to fix it. An author and TV producer, he is a widely cited expert on disinformation and media, and writes for publications including Granta, The Atlantic, Financial Times and many others. His first book, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, won the 2016 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, and was nominated for the Samuel Johnson, Guardian First Book, Pushkin House and Gordon Burns prizes. It has been translated into more than a dozen languages. His most recent book is This is Not Propaganda.
Stephanie Wood (Australian)
Stephanie Wood is the author of Fake: A startling true story of love in a world of liars, cheats, narcissists, fantasists and phonies. She is an award-winning former writer at The Age and Sydney Morning Herald's Good Weekend magazine and worked as an editor at newspapers including The Independent and The Daily Mail in London and The Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong. She is a former editor of The Age Good Food Guide and The Age Epicure section.
Rebecca Giggs (Australian)
Rebecca Giggs is a writer from Perth, Australia. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Science Writing and other publications. Her first book is Fathoms: the world in the whale.