In this time of growing disinformation and propaganda, former CSIS head Richard Fadden joins Linda Solomon Wood for an in-depth conversation on the dangers of disinformation and how it impacts us all.

To celebrate five years of award-winning independent journalism, Canada’s National Observer is releasing an in-depth report on election disinformation, Digital Fractures: Disinformation, Democracy and the Media, and presenting a special six-part instalment of its Conversations series.

The first guest in the series is Richard Fadden, former head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and national security adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Fadden will join National Observer editor-in-chief Linda Solomon Wood on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET. Register here.

In this subscriber exclusive event, Fadden and Solomon Wood will explore the national security implications of disinformation and conspiracy theories. Here in Canada, disinformation has led to violent, extremist attacks and prompted threats toward prominent public figures. Is disinformation a public emergency in Canada and around the world? How concerned should Canadians be, and what can the public do to be better armed against disinformation?

Fadden brings to the conversation a wealth of expertise from close to four decades of experience in high-level security. He was the head of CSIS from 2009 to 2013 and served as national security adviser to both prime minister Trudeau and former prime minister Stephen Harper. Tune in to hear his assessment of this unprecedented information environment.

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I guess the head of an intelligence agency would know about disinformation. I don't know for sure about CSIS, after all they're an organization dedicated to keeping secrets, but it's known for sure that the CIA has whole departments dedicated to creating disinformation.
What we do know about CSIS is that they're not a neutral actor. They have a political stance; it is in favour of oil companies and similar elite groups, and against rowdy protesters who might represent some of the actual PEOPLE having something to say and potentially, ugh, influencing events.
So it's not like I won't be interested to hear what this guy has to say, but I'll for sure be keeping my grain . . . spponful . . . heck, better have a whole box . . . of salt on hand to take it with.