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Election Interference: 2020

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Join Us for a Conversation with Renee DiResta

Irina Raicu

On Tuesday, November 10, the final event in the 2020 “AI for Social Impact and Equity” series will offer an analysis of the efforts to interfere in the 2020 election (and its aftermath), as well as of the efforts to prevent and combat such interference—and the use of AI in both.

Register now and join us for a conversation with Renee DiResta, one of the most prominent researchers of information warfare.

As a pre-reading, you might consider an article by DiResta published in The Atlantic in September: “The Supply of Disinformation Will Soon Be Infinite.” As the author notes, “[i]n countries around the world, coordinated propaganda campaigns in print as well as social media have sown social unrest, pushed down vaccination rates, and even promoted ethnic violence. Now imagine what happens when the sources of such postings are untraceable and the supply [of #AI-generated disinformation] is essentially infinite.”

In the aftermath of the 2016 election, we were discussing Russian interference via the Internet Research Agency, Macedonian teenagers who monetized misinformation, and Twitter bots that amplified it. This year, the challenges are different. Can we anticipate—and try to preempt—the ones to come?

Nov 9, 2020

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