Tag - Data|Information|virtual

Misinformation & Disinformation: ​Technology Factors and Potential Solutions

Digital technologies such as the Internet and World Wide Web, social media platforms, and smartphones have greatly expanded the quantity of information produced and shared by humans and its reach, with tremendous positive benefits. However, these tools also enable the rapid creation and distribution of misinformation and disinformation, which can have significant negative ramifications for individuals and for society overall. Now, newer technologies including modern AI tools are enabling even more convincing false information to reach the most susceptible targets for consuming and sharing it, exacerbating the problems to new levels. Technologies are part of the misinformation/disinformation problems, but can...

A Discussion of the Book “Exponential: How the Next Digital Revolution Will Rewire Life on Earth”

Digital technology is now ubiquitous and pervasive in our lives and society, with largely positive impacts on how we live, work, learn, and play. Of course, there are some dangers, risks and concerns as well, but as with any tool we can use combinations of responsible design, education, personal behavior, and policies to mitigate these while maximizing benefit. Perhaps the real question is: how are these technologies changing life and society, at all scales? That is the topic of this fascinating book by Azheem Azhar, and this will be the focus of this inaugural non-fiction online book discussion group led...