Addressing MDM Threats While Protecting Free Speech

Identify and Address MDM (Mis- Dis- and Mal-information) Threats to Critical Infrastructure, While Protecting Free Speech Rights.

Event Overview. Mis- dis- and mal-information (MDM) continue to destructively permeate through society, but does it pose a significant threat to our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure? The threat can be difficult to identify as it is be spread deliberately and accidentally, from both foreign and domestic actors. The challenge in mitigating this threat is heightened as we must respect our Constitutionally protected right to free speech. The event, which is the initial iteration of Gate 15’s Blue Jean Workshops series will tackle this complex issue head on, by bringing together Critical Infrastructure owners and operators along with security and free speech subject matter experts, to begin to ask how to address both of these intractable forces in a free society. The collaborative, solutions-focused discussion will inform a future report which will identify specific recommendations for both private and public sector stakeholders.

Date: 02 May 2023, 8:00 am-5:00 pm ET

LocationMetropolitan Washington Council of Governments. 777 North Capitol Street NE, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20002

Event Registration: Tickets are being primarily allocated to sponsoring organizations and their networks. For additional ticket inquiries, please utilize the contact form on the “About Gate 15” page.


The workshop will feature facilitated panel discussions followed by small group breakout discussions.


We are thrilled to be joined by an esteemed group of security and free speech subject matter experts to help inform discussions.


The Workshop would not be possible without support form our sponsors. If you are interested in joining this forward-leaning group of organizations, click here to learn more.

Event Logistics

Our event will be held blocks away from Union Station in downtown Washington D.C. Learn more about transportation options here.