Open lecture on Wednesday, September 18, from 12:00 – 13:00 at the National Museum of Iceland, Suðurgata 41, 101 Reykjavík
This talk examines facets of information disorder: misinformation, disinformation, and computational propaganda that increasingly goes viral on social media platforms.
DiResta examines the tech company design decisions that gave rise to our current communication infrastructure, and discusses how various types of actors – from conspiracy theorists to terrorists to state governments – are leveraging it to achieve real-world outcomes. This talk examines the developing fronts in the information war…and what’s being done to fight back.
Renée DiResta is a 2019 Mozilla Fellow, Technical Research Manager of Stanford Internet Observatory and an expert in Hybrid Threats, Media, Misinformation, and Trust. She investigates the spread of malign narratives accross social networks, and assists policymakers in understanding and responding to the problem and has, for example, advised the U.S. Congress and the U.S. State Department. DiResta has studied disinformation and computanional propaganda in the context of pseudoscience conspiracies, terrorism, and state-sponsored information warfare. She and her work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Buzzfeed, The Economist, Wired, and more.
Moderator: Oscar D. Avila, Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Iceland