Misinformation Speaker Series 2019-20

Co-sponsored by:


David Lazer


Northeastern University

Professor of Political Science, and Computer and Information Science, co-director of the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks

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December 3rd, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Wexner 434, Harvard Kennedy School

TALK TITLE: Democracy, today: Fake news, social networks, and algorithms

ABSTRACT: The Internet is increasingly the home of democracy. It is where people turn for civic information, engage in political discourse public and private, and turn to mobilize collectively. The virtual structures of the Internet are, in some ways, quite distinct from what preceded; and in other ways, they reproduce and amplify those pre-existing patterns. The Internet can be the ultimate disseminator of misinformation; as well as the ultimate educator. People have at their fingertips more diverse sources of information than ever before; yet many of the institutions for the production of political and civic information are being eviscerated. This talk will discuss the informational and social logics of the Internet-- what is our democracy, today?-- how they support and undermine democracy, and concludes with a discussion of what structures and practices we need from the Internet to support democracy, today.

BIO: Northeastern University Professor David Lazer's research focuses on the nexus of network science, computational social science, and collaborative intelligence. He is the founder of the citizen science website Volunteer Science. His research has been published in such journals as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the American Political Science Review, and the Administrative Science Quarterly, and has received extensive coverage in the media, including the New York Times, NPR, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and CBS Evening News.

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David G. Rand

Sloan School, MIT

Associate Professor of Management Science and Brain and Cognitive Sciences

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February 5th, 12:00 - 1:30pm
Wexner 434, Harvard Kennedy School

Andrew Guess

Princeton University

Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs

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February 12th, 12:00 - 1:30pm
Wexner 434, Harvard Kennedy School

Yochai Benkler

Harvard Law School

Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies

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February 26th, 12:00 - 1:30pm
Wexner 434, Harvard Kennedy School

Young Mie Kim

Young Mie Kim

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

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March 11th, 12:00 - 1:30pm
Wexner 434, Harvard Kennedy School

Natalie Jomini Stroud

University of Texas at Austin 

Professor, Department of Communication Studies and School of Journalism

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April 8th,12:00 - 1:30pm
Wexner 434, Harvard Kennedy School