Information Ethics Roundtable 2020

Scientific Misinformation in the Digital Era


We are very sorry to report that the 2020 Information Ethics Roundtable has now been cancelled.  In response to the COVID-19 situation, Northeastern University is cancelling all “non-essential large gatherings.”

April 3-5, 2020

909 Renaissance Park, 360 Huntington Avenue

Northeastern University
Boston, MA


The Information Ethics Roundtable is a yearly conference that brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to, philosophy, computer and information science, political science, library science, journalism, and law to discuss ethical issues such as information privacy, intellectual property, access to information, artificial intelligence, and big data.

Scientific hoaxes (Feder 2017) and “quack” medicine (Kang and Pedersen 2017) are nothing new. But some are concerned that, with the rise of the internet, science is more seriously under threat from misinformation than ever before. In recent issues of the Journal of the American Heart Association and the Royal Society Open Science, scientists are sounding the alarm, arguing that our current digital environment is promoting the “wanton spread of medical misinformation” that is causing “significant harm” (Hill et al. 2019) and “undermining trust in science and the capacity of individuals and society to make evidence-informed choices, including on life-or-death issues” (Hopf et al. 2019).

Schedule: 2020 IER Schedule



Registration is free and the conference is open to the public. Thus, we invite you to attend, regardless of whether or not you are presenting. However, we will have limited space, so please register (click here) for the conference, so we know that you are coming.  The deadline for registering is March 25th.



*   Registration Deadline: March 25, 2020.

*   Conference Dates: April 3-5, 2020.

If you have questions, please contact the IER organizers, Kay Mathiesen and Don Fallis, at