Date: Wednesday, October 12
Lecturer: Adam Penenberg, Associate Professor of Journalism
We are collectively submerged into a crisis of epic proportions, drowning in a sea of lies, half-lies and half-truths, distortions, disinformation and misinformation. These days, most Internet traffic isn't even human. It originates from automated bots, and a full half of these is malicious, firing off more lies, half-lies and half-truths, distortions, disinformation, and misinformation at unprecedented scale and speed. Into this sketchy and troll-y public sphere we venture. Living most of our lives through screens of various sorts, we must fend off all manner of fakery: fake people, fake information, fake email, phone calls and texts, fake reviews, fake photos, deep-fake video, fake websites, fake data, fake email, fake businesses, fake products, fake ads, fake ad metrics, fake science, and, ultimately, the fake history we think we share while living in a what many view as a fake democracy. Professor Penenberg will explore the many faces of this explosion in fakery we have witnessed over the past ten years, who is doing it and how, what they hope to gain, and how we can quickly recognize these lies and prevent their spread.