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FORCE2018 at McGill University on October 11-12, 2018 – with pre-conference workshops on Oct 10 hosted at Concordia University
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Friday, October 12 • 12:45pm - 1:30pm
Transparency in an Age of Surveillance

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This Keynote will address the challenges of understanding and defining transparency in an era of "post-truth" and ubiquitous surveillance. Focusing on our participation in social media platforms, I will provide an overview of how computational propaganda and platform politics pose threats and challenges to democratic processes. Political actors not only seek to spread disinformation but to sow confusion, anarchy, and mistrust that effectively erodes trust in media and governments. Of particular concern is how digital media propaganda, algorithms, and activism target emotions to influence public opinion, and often seek to inflame pre-existing emotional tensions surrounding racism, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia. The talk will invite the audience to consider the possibilities of trust given our complex media landscape.

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Megan Boler

Professor, University of Toronto