Coming June 7th and 8th 2018 in New York City
Misinformation and computational propaganda are already a problem.
New technologies may make things exponentially worse.
The Fake News Horror Show! will explore worst case scenarios.
New technologies are making it possible to generate new and more insidious forms of propaganda and misinformation. The only way to address the problem is to understand what is possible. In June 2018 the Fake News Horror Show! will convene researchers, digital media experts and technologists, and those concerned with the political and social implications of computational propaganda to imagine the worst. Picture a science fair of terrifying propaganda tools- some real and some imagined, but all based on plausible technologies.
What we fear is a future in which potent personal data is combined with increasingly sophisticated technology to produce and deliver unaccountable personalized media and messages at global scale. Combined with data-driven emerging media technologies, it is clear that the use of behavioral data to nudge citizens with propaganda-as-a-service is set to explode. Imagine being able to synthesize a politician saying anything you type and then upload the highly realistic video to Facebook with a fake CNN chyron banner.
Anyone with a laptop will have access to these powerful tools. Expect the early versions of the product of these technologies to be available well before the 2020 election cycle.