As social media become major channels for the diffusion of news and information, it becomes critical to understand how the complex interplay between cognitive, social, and algorithmic biases triggered by our reliance on online social networks makes us vulnerable to manipulation and disinformation. This talk overviews ongoing network analytics, modeling, and machine learning efforts to study the viral spread of misinformation and to develop tools for countering the online manipulation of opinions.
This is the recording of Filippo Menczer's keynote, titled "4 Reasons Why Social Media Make Us Vulnerable to Manipulation." at The International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2) 2020. Prof. Menczer presented the same topic at RecSys 2020 keynote as well.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Filippo Menczer is a distinguished professor of informatics and computer science at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Director of the Observatory on Social Media. He has courtesy appointments in cognitive science and physics. He holds a Laurea in Physics from the Sapienza University of Rome and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Menczer is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, a Fellow of the Center for Computer-Mediated Communication, a Senior Research Fellow of The Kinsey Institute, and a board member of the IU Network Science Institute.