Misinformation, and disinformation are growing problems in society, contributing to health risks (e.g. false information about vaccines), societal divides and polarization, and misinformed views on issues of race, gender, and more. We’re not going to solve the problems in one evening, but each of us can do little things to help. We will have some experts in misinformation, and we’ll mingle, discuss, ideate, and close the night with people’s best ideas for how individuals can help, and what ideas researchers and companies (maybe a new startup?) should explore. Come join us for this great in-person Austin Forum discussion event.
Thank you to Digital Turbine, Inc. for hosting this event!
Mitch Chaiet is a creative technologist from Austin, TX with a background in Open-Source Intelligence and Disinformation/Media Manipulation Research. After creating the most-liked meme at UT, and studying it's spread to other universities, he joined the Technology and Information Policy Institute to complete a thesis reverse-engineering the spread of networked content used by the Russian Internet Research agency to "hack" the 2016 US election. This led to inclusion in UT Good Systems' Disinformation Research Group. His subsequent research into pandemic disinformation lead to unearthing novel patterns of platform weaponization, which leveraged the Wayback Machine, a hole in Facebook's content moderation systems, and screenshots of harmful content to spread CoronaVirus conspiracies. He has provided disinformation analysis to NBC and Forbes.
The University of Texas
Sherri Greenberg is a Professor Practice and Fellow of the Max Sherman Chair in State and Local Government at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She is a Chairperson of the Board of Managers of Central Health, a Member of the City of Austin Regional Affordability Committee, and a Member of the UT Opportunity Forum Steering Committee. Also, she serves on the Texas.Gov Steering Committee, the Austin CityUP Board of Directors, the Austin Forum on Technology & Society Advisory Board, and the City of Austin General Obligation Housing Bond Review Committee. Additionally, she has served as a Senior Advisor to Austin Mayor Steve Adler. Greenberg was a Texas State Representative from 1991 to 2001, and she chaired the House Pensions and Investments Committee and the Select Committee on Teacher Health Insurance. She also served on the House Appropriations,Economic Development, Elections, and Science and Technology Committees. Previously, Greenberg was the City of Austin Capital Finance Manager, and a Public Finance Officer at Standard & Poor’s. Greenberg holds an MSc in Public Administration and Policy from the London School of Economics. Her teaching and research interests include: technology and innovation, urban and state issues, public engagement, housing, transportation, healthcare, public finance, and campaigns and elections. Her recent publications are: Congress and Social Media: Beyond Facebook & Twitter, Using Innovation and Technology to Improve City Services, Austin Anchors & The Innovation Zone: Building Collaborative Capacity, Congressional Committees and Social Media, and Congress + Social Media.
Dr. Steve Kramer
Dr. Steve Kramer, Chief Scientist of KUNGFU.AI is a computational physicist and data science entrepreneur with 29+ years of post-PhD experience in data science, research, software, and business management. He earned a Ph.D. in physics in the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics at The University of Texas at Austin. Steve has extensive research experience spanning data mining, machine learning, anomaly detection, bot/cyborg detection, clustering, network graph analysis, deep learning, spatiotemporal forecasting, predictive analytics, social media analytics, and pattern discovery/recognition. In 2014, he patented a robust method for dynamic anomaly detection based on chaos theory. Steve spoke at Data Day Texas in 2014 and 2018 and at Data Day Seattle in 2016. Since 2011, he has served as a program committee member and reviewer for the ACM KDD and IEEE Security and Intelligence Informatics conferences. He recently acted as the Principal Investigator on multiple subcontracts for DARPA's Information Innovation Office and on two different prototype contracts for the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). He is proud to serve on the board of technical advisors for data.world.
Chad Swiatecki writes most energetically about the intersection of creatives, business and the public square, and has done so for more than 25 years for publications such as Rolling Stone, Spin, Texas Monthly, and The Austin Business Journal. You can read him most often in the Austin Chronicle and Austin Monitor. He is a Michigan native and proud graduate of Michigan State University, who moved to Austin and has had barbecue sauce flowing through his veins since 2008.