Fake News as a Data Science Challenge

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For our August Data Science DC Meetup, we are excited to have Dr. Jennifer Golbeck (http://jengolbeck.com/)join us to talk about Fake news. Jen is Director of the Social Intelligence Lab and an Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on analyzing and computing with social media, focused on predicting user attributes, and using the results to design and build systems that improve the way people interact with information online.

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Agenda:

• 6:30pm -- Networking, Empanadas, and Refreshments

• 7:00pm -- Introduction, Announcements

• 7:15pm -- Presentation and Discussion

• 8:30pm -- Data Drinks (Tonic , 2036 G St NW)

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Abstract:

Fake news - the real kind, not the "I don't like it so I will call it fake news" kind - is news-like content created with the intention of deceiving the reader, and it often is engineered to go viral, with catchy titles that appeal to a reader's bias. Free speech allows it, but combatting it will be a challenge that falls to data scientists who want to keep it off platforms. There are three major aspects of this research that bring their own challenges: how do we collect data about what news is fake and what is real, how do we design machine learning algorithms that can classify it, and how might work on the interface side of things incorporate these insights to stop its spread. This talk will address each of those issues with examples, insights, and challenges for the audience to take home

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Bio:

Dr. Jen Golbeck is a world leader in social media research and science communication. She began studying social media from the moment it emerged on the web a decade ago, and is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field. Her research has influenced industry, government and the military. She is a pioneer in the field of social data analytics, discovering people’s hidden attributes from their online behavior, and a leader in creating human-friendly security and privacy systems. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland. Outside her research, she hosts the books segment of the SCIENCE Magazine podcast and is a guest host of the Kojo Nnamdi Show.

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