Lies, Bots, and Social Media: What is Computational Propaganda and How Do We Defeat it? Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, Second Session, November 29, 2018 [open pdf - 468KB]
This is the November 29, 2018 briefing titled "Lies, Bots, and Social Media: What is Computational Propaganda and How Do We Defeat it?" held before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. From the opening statement of Mark Toner: "It's been said we live in a post-truth world. Indeed, information technology has moved at such a pace that many of us have lost our ability to delineate between fact and fiction, a vulnerability that adversaries, either individuals or political groups or corporations or even, God forbid, foreign governments have sought to exploit. It's my hope that our discussion today will unpack not only why this is happening but also how we can best try to fix it. It's a conversation, of course, that has to include all the different players--that's industry, civil society, and government, of course--and employ technology and policy in new and creative ways. And while there's certainly plenty of blame to go around in our slow response to this threat, there are, I hope, real solutions that we can pursue that can return the internet to the promise of its early days." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Paul Massaro, Matt Chessen, Karen Kornbluh, and Nina Jankowicz.
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