The digital revolution has democratized the consumption and production of news and information. While this has created a platform for voices previously unheard, there has also been an increase in false news stories, memes, and outright lies. This comes from all sides of the political spectrum, industry, and society. Yet democracy and collective decision-making depend on an informed citizenry. This lecture will talk about some of the reasons behind this onslaught of misinformation and how we as a society can overcome it.
All proceeds benefit for this event will support the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County (LWV-SKC), a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Jevin D. West is an Assistant Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington and co-founder of the DataLab. Broadly, he works in the area of data science and data reasoning.
Carl Bergstrom is a Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington. Though trained in evolutionary biology and mathematical population genetics, Carl is perhaps best known for working crossing field boundaries and integrating ideas across the span of the natural and social sciences.
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