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Palo Alto Talk: Truth and Trust in Times of Junk News

Published on
7 Jan 2018
Written by
Philip Howard

The past year has been dominated by stories of how junk news has influenced major political decisions on both sides of the Atlantic. Algorithms, automation and social media have become powerful tools for social movements, but also effective tools for social control.

This short talk will introduce the latest research from the Oxford University team that has pioneered the social science of fake news, expose the democratic challenges we must face next, and offer some ideas for how to restore truth and trust in public life. Can artificial intelligence help us identify the truth or will it divide us further? What role should we play as active digital citizens and what responsibility do technology and news organizations have for keeping democracy healthy? And what impact will all this have
on our society, our institutions and our future?

Thursday, Jan 18, 2018 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel
625 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Reserve seats on Eventbrite by 16.

Please email with any questions. Alumni Event in Palo Alto with Phil Howard, Oxford Internet Institute.