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Cleaning Up after Dirty Disinformation Tricks
March 31, 2021

“Falsehood flies…and the Truth comes limping after it,” wrote Jonathan Swift the Anglo-Irish writer and satirist in 1710. That was in the 18th century of course. Now in the 21st century, with the advent of the Internet, distribution platforms, and

Gaming the Players – QAnon
March 24, 2021

Have you ever wondered about the birth of bizarre conspiracy theories like QAnon on-line? And why, despite the farfetched fabric of these stories, so many people forsake their family and friends — the people they know — to join a

Paying for it in the Attention Economy
March 17, 2021

In early 1997 a UC Berkley based Theoretical Physicist wrote article in Wired Magazine, where he called “attention” the currency of the new economy. He foreshadowed its potential consequences: division, disparity of power, deepening inequality,

(How) Can we dig ourselves out of a deepfake hole?
February 10, 2021

Guest: Andrew J. Grotto The term “Deepfake” was first coined by a Reddit user who  created a forum of the same name in  2017.  The forum was dedicated to the creation and use of deep learning software for digitally swapping

Can advances in technology help liberate us from the grip of disinformation?
February 03, 2021

The events of the last few years have underlined that we are awash in disinformation, AND that a large swath of society believes that disinformation to be reality.  But disinformation doesn’t just include easily refutable assertions,

A disinformation playbook
January 27, 2021

Like it or not – we are at war: one of information and disinformation and the stakes cannot be higher.  How can we  better understand and mitigate, or at least anticipate what is next in a disinformation campaign? For example,

AI — Not your average governance challenge
January 20, 2021

Guest: Carl Gahnberg The field of AI ethics is relatively new, mostly because we are just starting to grasp the implications of advances in AI and therefore decisions that may need to be made by the machines then, or by

On the Nature of Intelligence and AI
January 13, 2021

Guest: Joanna Bryson Artificial intelligence and machine learning and data are inextricably linked.  Yet common misconceptions persist. What is intelligence and is machine intelligence same or better than human intelligence?

Real world retail comes with a side of digital surveillance
December 23, 2020

Guest: Keith Kirkpatrick Today, retailers collect a wealth of data on consumers, both online and offline. And consumers hand it over, sometimes willingly and sometimes unwittingly. In retail locations surveillance cameras have given way to unobtrusive ...

How your digital footprint makes you the product
December 16, 2020

Guest: Bruce Schneier You have probably heard the saying: “If you are not paying for the product, you ARE the product”.  Nowhere is this more acute than on the internet when our personal data is collected, analyzed and used to persuade