The spread of misinformation on social media platforms has become a defining political, cultural, and economic issue of our time.
Global companies are searching for universal solutions, yet different societies have varying needs and sensitivities. Solutions of various kinds have been proposed, and technology companies continue to experiment with interventions, including removal, algorithmic reduction, and labeling. This discussion will focus on potential design-related solutions and novel approaches that might expand the menu of options for dealing with problems associated with the proliferation of misinformation.
A registration is required for and can be secured by clicking here or on the button at the top of the page. Please note that this event is in Eastern Standard Time (EST). This event is part of the Center for Design (CfD) Conversation Series. At the end of each month, CfD faculty members will invite research players from Northeastern, and beyond, to addresses the multifaceted expressions of interdisciplinary design research.
CfD Faculty Curator
John Wihbey is a faculty member at Northeastern University, where he heads the graduate programs in the School of Journalism. He is the author of The Social Fact: News and Knowledge in a Networked World (MIT Press, 2019). He is currently Lead Investigator for the Ethics of Content Labeling Project at Northeastern’s Ethics Institute and a co-founder of the Co-Lab for Data Impact.
Myojung Chung is an assistant professor of Journalism and Media Advocacy at Northeastern University. In her research and teaching, she focuses on how the emergence of new media has changed journalism and strategic communication. She is particularly interested in how online participatory behaviors such as commenting, liking, and sharing affect audiences’ processing of news or other mediated messages, and how to make messages more persuasive and effective in the digital era.
Roberto Patterson is a graduate student in the M.S. Media Advocacy program, a joint degree between the Northeastern College of Arts, Media and Design and the School of Law. He is a research assistant with Northeastern’s Ethics Institute, where he is studying the global dimensions of misinformation and platform policy.
Sara Colombo is an Assistant Professor of design at Eindhoven University of Technology, where she works at the intersection of experience design, ethics, and emerging technologies, in particular AI. Her research interests concern the impact emerging technologies have on users when embedded in everyday artifacts, and their consequences on human experience and behavior at the individual and societal levels.
Tommaso Venturini is a researcher at the CNRS Centre for Internet and Society, an associate researcher of the médialab of Sciences Po Paris and a founding member of the Public Data Lab. He has been a recipient of the “Advanced Research” fellowship of the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and a lecturer in “digital methods” at the Department of Digital Humanities of King’s College London.
Yvonne Lee is an Associate Content Policy Manager at Facebook, where she works with academics and civil society organizations on issues surrounding misinformation and algorithmic ranking. Prior to that, she has worked at Andreessen Horowitz, the Office of Congressman Ro Khanna, and the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center in Beijing. She has a BA/MA from Stanford University, where she studied the spread of misinformation on social media platforms.
CfD Conversation Series
Spring 2021 Schedule
April 23 | Friday | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Curator: Michael Arnold Mages
May 21 | Friday | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Curator: Miso Kim