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AI, Media & the Threat to Democracy
Please register here: Register: bit.ly/NUaiconf Join our award-winning journalists, innovative scholars and practitioners for a conference on the impact of AI on democracy. Artificial intelligence is a potent force in media for both good and evil. It is used both to spread disinformation through social media platforms – yet also used to is combat the spread of “fake news” and for more benign purposes, such as connecting readers to content they like. Yet most people have only the dimmest of ideas what AI is. They may have an inkling it is somehow tied to the spread of Russian disinformation and “fake news.” Commentators talk ominously about its corrosive effect on democracy. For all that, the influence of AI is growing in fields ranging from journalism to law, from business to teaching. What will its effect be on media and democracy? How much of a threat to democracy does AI represent? Join our distinguished speakers and panelists in a broad-ranging discussion of the issues. When: Friday, Oct. 12 Time: 9:30-4 Where: Northeastern University, Raytheon Amphitheater, 120 Forsyth St., Boston Keynote by Danielle Citron, Morton & Sophia Macht Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Panels: 1. AI on the Beat: How journalists are using -- and covering -- bots, algorithms and whatever comes next 2. AI, big data, and bias in sociotechnical systems 3. Legal and Policy Responses to AI and the Media Organizers: Matt Carroll, Professor of the Practice, School of Journalism Aleszu Bajak, Graduate Programs Manager, School of Journalism Meg Heckman, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism Woodrow Hartzog, Professor of Law and Computer Science David Lazer, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Science Sponsored by the Northeastern University College of Arts, Media and Design, Northeastern's School of Journalism, the Northeastern College of Computer and Information Science, and the Northeastern School of Law.

Egan Engineering/Science Research Center and Raytheon Amphitheater

120 Forsyth Street, Boston · Boston, MA

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The worlds of hackers and journalists are coming together as reporting goes digital and Internet companies become media empires.

Journalists call themselves "hacks," someone who can churn out words in any situation. Hackers use the digital equivalent of duct tape to whip out code. Hacker-journalists try and bridge the two worlds.

This group is to bring all these people together -- those who are working to help people make sense of their world. It's for hackers exploring technologies to filter and visualize information, and for journalists who use technology to find and tell stories. In the age of information overload, all their work has become even more crucial.

This group aims to help members find inspiration and think in new directions, bringing together potential collaborators for projects and new ventures.

Please also check out our site at http://hackshackers.com , along with our question-and-answer site at http://help.hackshackers.com .

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