Everything Misinfo Podcast #2 — Dwight Knell
This week I spoke with Dwight Knell of MisinfoCon about the upcoming Washington DC event on the 6th and 7th of August, Credibility Coalition, and much more around the complexity of dealing with the major problem that is misinformation.
Please get in touch if you’d like to be a guest in a future episode.
I will get these shows properly registered in the podcast universe so they show up in your podcast apps over the coming weeks. Sorry I haven’t done it yet, but I’ve had some problems with SoundCloud which I haven’t had time to investigate further (either I need to change settings, or I need to pay to host the audio files somewhere more adequately designed to host podcasts.) I might follow Mike’s lead from The Disinformation Age, and set up a Squarespace website which apparently has made it super easy to host and publish podcasts on it. Two birds with one stone that way, since I have also been putting off registering a domain and creating a new website (that all costs money I don’t currently have — I will probably need to set up a patreon account to start covering expenses if things continue to progress and grow.)
Ok, ramble over. If I can line up my next guest in this time frame, I’d love to put out my next episode before Monday night, because after that I will be AFK for a week or so, camping. Otherwise, see you all in August!
- Facebook touts fight on fake news, but struggles to explain why InfoWars isn’t banned
- Russian Influence Campaign Sought To Exploit Americans’ Trust In Local News
- Dirt Protocol raises $3M for a decentralized, blockchain-based approach to information vetting
- Facebook opens its private servers to scientists studying fake news (also and Social Science One and Harvard Data)
- Several people are typing: The good, the bad, and the mansplaining of WikiTribune
- Egypt targets social media with new law
- Politicians are using fake news schemes to get elected
- MisinfoCon DC — August 6–7, Washington DC
- Tech Demo Series Workshop — July 24, New York City
- Misinformation Solutions Forum — October 4, Washington DC
- Digital Technology and Democratic Theory — December 13–15, Stanford, California
Call for papers
- FAT*2019 ( fairness, accountability, and transparency of algorithmic systems.) — PreRegistration by August 16, Final Submission August 23, for conference late January or early February in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Call for Proposals: Media, Technology and Democracy in Historical Context — Application due August 10, 2018 for workshop to be held in New York City on December 13–14, 2018
Grants / Awards / Competitions etc:
- 0:00 — Intro, news and announcements
- 5:00 — About MisinfoCon
- 11:15 — How do we make research informed decisions when research is so much slower than the pace of technology advancement?
- 16:00 — Join the MisinfoCon slack channel by emailing misinfocon at gmail.
- 17:25 — The risk of making the wrong move, and creating a worse problem than misinformation
- 22:30 — Is misinformation one of the biggest existential threats to humanity?
- 25:45 — How do we get everyone to agree on objective facts?
- 26:45 — Division between ‘best method to progress knowledge’ vs ‘method to inform the public’
- 28:30 — We have to find common ground. We need to establish civil discourse first.
- 38:40 — Conspiracy theories existed before the Internet.
- 46:45 — Fake News has been annexed by the Trump administration
- 48:35 — What is the Credibility Coalition?
- 1:01:00 — How do we bring about the change towards increased civility?
- 1:03:50 — Equal Reality: Diversity and Inclusion Training — https://equalreality.com/
- 1:05:30 — Closing comments. You can reach Dwight via Twitter @dwightknell or dwight at hackshackers.com