The Misinformation Village is a collaborative of dis- and misinformation researchers, data analysts and computer linguists, cybersecurity and defence professionals, and all like-minded professionals across academia, civil society, government and industry.
We seek to establish open and broad-sector frameworks to define, expose, analyze and counter the security challenges of misinformation and disinformation campaigns on democratic regimes, free markets, public trust, and open and progressive societies.
Open frameworks and open data infrastructure enhance and promote the production of scientific knowledge and industry expertise as they enable collaboration, information sharing, transparency, and reproducibility.
We aim to provide a common "space" for researchers to share data, tools, and knowledge, information, context, story, you name it leading to more accurate, fuller, richer, trusted research outcomes, better-informed policy decisions, and innovative solutions to complex problems. Diverse and inclusive research outcomes will ensure the benefits of scientific progress are shared widely, and so it means diverse speakers, unorthodox ideas and unfinished projects. By supporting open frameworks, we strive to accelerate scientific discovery, innovation, and create a more collaborative space for professionals and audience members activated in this space.
Our mission is to inform, create and share new resources on the thorny and intersectional information, cognitive and security challenge that is disinformation. We want to remain a physical space for broad-sector problem definition and collaboration. Specifically, we aim to:
Throughout our efforts, we also aim to provide and stir funding towards new tools, open knowledge movements and communities, existing and new communities of practice and collaboratives in the ecosystem.
We welcome a broad audience of technologists, builders, cognitive scientists, cybersecurity professionals, hackers, social scientists, computer linguists, data analysts, storytellers, and media professionals to join our movement.
The deadline for submitting proposals is July 3rd, 2022, 23:59 PM Hawaii Standard Time. Notification for speakers will start on July 11th via email.
Some accepted proposals will qualify for a DefCon 30 human badge.
- History of how misinformation has evolved through the years
- Identifying and measuring the spread of mis- and disinformation
- Current research on social media companies and how they are handling misinformation
- What normal people on social media are doing to combat misinformation and the repercussions of that activism on their personal lives
- How misinformation is being used in warfare
-How to deprogram or approach family members who are too far down the rabbit hole
- The ecosystem of misinformation and offending actors
- Algorithmic accountability and the science of knowledge integrity
- New multi-modal frameworks for platform and content safety
- Misinformation and upholding free expression and online democratic debate
- Elections verification and strengthening elections information ecosystems and processes
- Unbiased news and new media business models
AGENDA FOR MISINFORMATION VILLAGE 2022
Times are US Pacific Time
Friday, August 12, 2022
10:30 - 11:30: The Hybrid Strategies of Autocratic States: Narrative Characteristics of Disinformation Campaigns in Relation To Issues of a Scientific-Health Nature - Workshop with Carlos Galán [Slides]
11:30 - 13:30: Academic Integration (Lightning Talks)
Cognitive Security: Human Vulnerabilities, ExSploits, & TTPs - Matthew Canham (Beyond Layer Seven) [Slides]
Detecting the "Fake News" Before It Was Even Written, Media Literacy, and Flattening the Curve of the COVID-19 Infodemic - Preslav Nakov (Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence)
Uncovering Multi-platform Misinformation Campaigns with Information Tracer - Zhouhan Chen (New York University) [Slides]
SimPPL: Simulating Social Networks and Disinformation - Swapneel Mehta (New York University) [Slides]
13:30 - 14:00: Break
Tracking Scams and Disinformation by Hacking Link Shorteners - Justin Rheinhart and Sam Curry (Pillsade Consulting)
History of Russian Cyber & Information Warfare (2007 - Present) - Ryan Westman (E-Sentire) [Slides]
History of the Weaponization of Social Media - Gina Rosenthal (Independent) [Slides]
Information Confrontation 2022: A Loud War and a Quiet Enemy - Luke Richards (Independent)
Saturday, August 13, 2022
10:00 - 10:45: Tools for Fighting Disinformation - Workshop with Preslav Nakov - Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence)
10:45 - 12:30: Mass Disinformation Operations: How to Detect and Assess Ops with OSINT and SOCMINT Tools and Techniques - Workshop with Paula González [Slides]
12:30 - 13:15: Cognitive Security in Theory and Practice - Workshop with Sara-Jayne Terp [Slides]
13:15 - 14:15: Break
14:15 - 15:45: Talks and Demos
Memory Holing and the SEO Warping of Human History - Arikia Milikan (Journalist, Media Consultant)
Web Monetization: A Privacy-Preserving and Open Way to Earn from Content - Tech Demo with Uchi Uchibeke (Coil) [Slides]
Fireside Chat with Arikia Milikan and Uchi Uchibeke
Kalev Leetaru (Founder, GDELT Project) [Watch Video]
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