Event to discuss role of disinformation in politics

With increased concern about technology being used to alter the political dialogue, and in advance of the rapidly approaching California primary election on March 3, KQED is hosting a panel discussion this week with local experts.

In its description of the event, KQED notes “the emergence of humanlike “bots” spreading false news, sophisticated “deepfake” videos, and other forms of algorithmically manipulated media capable of sowing division and distorting the public discourse.”

The panel discussion, set for Thursday, February 20, at 6 p.m. will examine this problem as well as how we can combat it, the role of social media and the press in the battle, and how public agencies can be effectively engaged.

KQED is joining with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University for the event. Moderated by KQED’s Rachael Myrow, panelists include Irina Raicu of the Markkula Center, Alex Stamos formerly of Facebook and now at the Stanford Internet Observatory, and Subramaniam Vincent of the Markkula Center.

The Computer History Museum, 1401 North Shoreline Blvd. in Mountain View, is hosting the event.

Tickets are $10.

To purchase a ticket, or to see more information, click here.