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Keeping it Real in an Information Deluge
May 12, 2021

Did you know our brains can only process about 120 Kb per second and can only do so serially? Yet every day we are deluged with 34GB of information.  We also spend close to 8 hours every day interacting with

Decision Pitfalls in a Big Data World
April 28, 2021

Data growth is a direct consequence of advances in technology ranging from the smartphone to the Internet of Things devices. Today, the “datasphere”, or the volume of data in the world – is estimated to be over 60 Zettabytes. We

Machine-Made Decisions: Consequences of Consistency
April 21, 2021

Automated algorithm-driven decision-making systems are increasingly replacing humans in areas as varied as HR hiring, loan applications, insurance brokerage and even routine medical diagnostics.  In some contexts, such as employment,

The Hackable Home: Smart Devices, Dumb Security
April 14, 2021

From fitness trackers to connected cars, IoT (“Internet of Things”) devices have made our lives easier and more convenient. Despite their nifty features, many harbor poor design when it comes to security and privacy of the data they collect (and

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,