Franziska Roesner (University of Washington)

Understanding and Mitigating Technology-Enabled Misinformation: Present and Future

Copyright: Franziska Roesner

Abstract. While rumors and false information are not new phenomena, technology is increasingly used to create and spread mis- or disinformation at unprecedented scale, with potentially broad-reaching societal impacts. In this talk I will discuss our recent work on understanding aspects of the *current* online misinformation landscape -- how do people interact with misinformation on social media, and what is the role of the online advertising ecosystem in spreading it -- as well as what *future* technology-enabled misinformation might look like -- in augmented reality platforms -- and how we might defend against it.

Biography. Franziska (Franzi) Roesner is an associate professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where she co-directs the Security and Privacy Research Lab. Her research focuses broadly on computer security and privacy for end users of existing and emerging technologies. She is the recipient of an MIT Technology Review "Innovators Under 35" Award, an Emerging Leader Alumni Award from the University of Texas at Austin, a Google Security and Privacy Research Award, an NSF CAREER Award. She is the Program Co-Chair of USENIX Security 2020 and a member of the USENIX Enigma Steering Committee. She received her PhD from the University of Washington in 2014 and her BS from UT Austin in 2008.

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