Is Facebook a surveillance and propaganda machine capable of destabilising society or is it just a convenient tool for communicating with your friends and family? Social media has been weaponised and automated by political actors in countries around the world. Join Vidya Narayanan from the Oxford Internet Institute and Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of Antisocial Media as they discuss the effects that Facebook has had on our world and how we can tackle the problems social media poses to our society.
Vidya Narayanan recently joined the Oxford Internet Institute, as a post doctoral researcher in the Computational Propaganda Project. She has several years of experience working as a researcher in Artificial Intelligence, with groups at both universities and in commercial environments. Her research interests, lie in the interface between technology, ethics and policy, and she is primarily engaged in developing systems that use technology for the greater good of society.
Siva Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies and director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. He produces a local public-affairs television program, several podcasts, and directs the publication of Virginia Quarterly Review. A former professional journalist, he has published five previous books on technology, law, and society. He appears frequently on television and radio around the world.
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