The Internet is awash with hate and hurt. Armed with digital tools, individuals, groups and governments are spreading lies, undermining democracy and giving voice to views formerly considered fringe, fake or far worse.
The rise of media manipulators is a direct challenge to journalism and its role in civic society.
In this address to mark the opening of the Centre for Media Transition at UTS, Professor Jeff Jarvis, one of the world's most provocative media thought leaders, will explore what journalism and its partners needs to do to prove its worth and diminish the role of the haters, exploiters and manipulators.
Professor Jarvis is the director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at City University New York's Graduate School of Journalism.
The Centre for Media Transition (CMT) is a new unit within the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS. It will work across disciplines to explore and develop responses to the dramatic and ongoing movements wrought by digital disruption to the media industry; the implications and potential of evolving technology; the role of journalism in Australian democracy and the world more widely; and the business models that support a diverse and prosperous industry.