How AI Impacts the Online Information Ecosystem


Through concrete examples and a high-level conceptual overview, I'll discuss the various ways---both good and bad---that AI is impacting our online information ecosystem. This includes creation of mis/disinfo (LLMs, deepfake video/audio), propagation of mis/disinfo (search rankings, social media algs), the funding of disinfo (the targeted advertising industry), and AI-assisted fact-checking and bot detection/deletion.


Noah Giansiracusa (PhD in math from Brown University) is a tenured associate professor of mathematics and data science at Bentley University, a business school near Boston. His research interests range from algebraic geometry to machine learning to empirical legal studies. After publishing the book How Algorithms Create and Prevent Fake News in July 2021, Noah has gotten more involved in public writing and policy discussions concerning data-driven algorithms and their role in society. He's written op-eds for Barron's, Boston Globe, Wired, Slate, and Fast Company and is currently working on a second book, Robin Hood Math: How to Fight Back When the World Treats You Like a Number, with a Foreword by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Romer.

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