Seminar: Lie machines: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Good Governance

Time: 14:00 - 15:00

Venue: Online

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Leading researchers present their recent advances in Machine Learning and Computational Statistics.

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This is a joint event between IDSAI and the Digital Futures Citizens and Government theme.

The theme focuses on the role of digital technologies in the political lives of citizens, particularly with regard to how far they increase or diminish individuals' ability to hold their governing institutions accountable.

Speaker: Philip Howard (Oxford University)

Title: Lie Machines: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Good Governance

Abstract: Artificially intelligent fake accounts attack politicians and public figures on social media. Conspiracy theorists publish junk news sites to promote their outlandish beliefs. Campaigners create fake dating profiles to attract young voters. We live in a world of technologies that misdirect our attention, poison our political conversations, and jeopardize our democracies. Big data from the social media firms, combined with interviews with internet trolls, bot writers and political operatives, demonstrates how misinformation gets produced, distributed and marketed. Ultimately, understanding how all the components work together is vital to dismantling such “lie machines” and strengthening democracy. Moreover, building a Post-Pandemic world will not be easy. Artificial intelligence and machine learning tools are an important part of the solution to contemporary public policy and governance challenges. But what is it we might want to govern with AI, for what problems are AI-enabled governance the solution, and how should AI exercise governance?

Bio: Philip N. Howard is a professor and writer. He is the Director of the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University and is the author, most recently, of Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives from Yale University Press. He blogs from and tweets from @pnhoward.