Disinformation Seminar Series 2022

Tackling disinformation is an inherently inter-disciplinary question. At MIT, researchers have understood disinformation proliferation and detection through experimental methods in psychology, natural language techniques, graph networks analysis, media forensics, data sharing and more. When encountering misinformation, the average person is challenged to make several decisions ranging from those that determine the veracity of piece of information to those that determine whether the potentially misleading information should be shared or not. When making these decisions, individuals are influenced by extant political and social biases, heuristics (mental shortcuts), personal reasoning and reflection, and the design of platforms and channels that they use to communicate. Further, the information that is misleading could be visual, textual, auditory or multi-modal. The diversity in the kinds of information that is created, shared, and consumed and the potential for large-scale proliferation and harm (at the social, political, and environmental level) from such information necessitate an interdisciplinary inquiry into the disinformation problem.

Dealing with this, and similar, paradoxical aspects of human failings (as related to processing information) motivates this seminar series. The series hosts disinformation scholars with diverse expertise to present their understanding and research on the issue. The goal of the seminar series is to spark conversations and collaborations, and inspire new research questions into understanding and tackling disinformation.

For more information on this series, please see https://disinformation.csail.mit.edu/.


Mohsen Mosleh, University of Exeter
Understanding and reducing the spread of misinformation online
Speaker(s): Mohsen Mosleh
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2022
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Seminar Room D507
Contact: Aruna Sankaranarayanan, arunas@csail.mit.edu

Kiran Garimella, Rutgers University
Content Moderation on Encrypted Platforms
Speaker(s): Kiran Garimella
Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Seminar Room D507
Contact: Aruna Sankaranarayanan, arunas@csail.mit.edu

Prof. Max Tegmark, MIT
Machine Learning Media Bias
Speaker(s): Prof. Max Tegmark
Date: Thursday, May 12, 2022
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Seminar Room D507
Contact: Helen Landwehr, hbland@mit.edu

Elżbieta Drążkiewicz, Slovak Academy of Sciences
Studying conspiracy theories with compassion
Speaker(s): Elżbieta Drążkiewicz
Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Seminar Room D507
Contact: Aruna Sankaranarayanan, arunas@csail.mit.edu

Prof. Adam Berinsky, MIT
26th May, 4PM EST DISINFORMATION SEMINAR SERIES: Understanding and Reducing Online Misinformation Across 16 Countries on Six Continents
Speaker(s): Prof. Adam Berinsky
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Seminar Room D507
Contact: Aruna Sankaranarayanan, arunas@csail.mit.edu

Prof. Aleksandra Korolova, University of Southern California
2nd June, 4PM EST DISINFORMATION SEMINAR SERIES: Auditing the hidden societal impacts of ad delivery algorithms
Speaker(s): Prof. Aleksandra Korolova
Date: Thursday, June 02, 2022
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Seminar Room D507
Contact: Aruna Sankaranarayanan, arunas@csail.mit.edu

Dr. Preslav Nakov, Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI)
DISINFORMATION SEMINAR SERIES: Detecting the "Fake News" Before It Was Even Written, Media Literacy, and Flattening the Curve of the COVID-19 Infodemic
Speaker(s): Dr. Preslav Nakov
Date: Thursday, June 09, 2022
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Seminar Room D507
Contact: Aruna Sankaranarayanan, arunas@csail.mit.edu