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How Does Digital Media Amplify the Spread of False Information?

“You take any sort of misinformation or even doubt, which is actually the most powerful, you start asking questions. Your question or your proposed alternative fact can reach millions of people if you stage it right.” – danah boyd, Founder of Data & Society on PBS’ Amanpour & Co.

How Can You Tell if News Is Fake?

Joshua Gans on fake news: “The problem today is that it is hard to identify the source of information, let alone their interests. The good news is that we don’t need to use a heavy hand to provide that information. Instead, we need a mechanism so that those who want to provide ‘source context’ can do so in a verifiable manner.”

Artificial Intelligence Presents Perplexing Policy Problems

Technology that allows computers and robots to mimic the learning ability of humans or animals is now being deployed. Law professor Ryan Calo surveys issues of bias, safety, and other AI-related policy concerns in “Artificial Intelligence Policy: A Primer and Roadmap.” Noting that government is slow to understand new technology, he proposes that new advisory bodies be formed to inform regulators.

Do Employees Profit When Their Company Is Granted Patents?

Knowing that "patents provide firms with a temporary period of market power, during which they can charge supra-competitive prices," Stanford economist Heidi Williams questions how patent awards propagate into worker wages.

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danah boyd Discusses the Spread of Hate Online

Posted on August 20, 2019
Data & Society Founder and Microsoft Principal Researcher danah boyd appeared on PBS’ Amanpour & Co. to discuss media manipulation with Hari Sreenivasan.

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