Center for Informed Democracy & Social – Cybersecurity (IDeaS) Annual Conference
Event submitted on Tuesday, June 15th 2021, approved by Charles Villanueva ✓
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With the advent of social media and other information-sharing platforms, we now communicate and engage in a completely different way. The internet has brought about great advancements, but it’s also allowed us to easily spread falsehoods, hate speech, and extremism. Information warfare and propaganda have thrived in this social-cyber context: and this conference addresses these important issues.
Conference Event Summary
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The growth of social media and other information-sharing platforms has forever changed how we communicate and interact. While these platforms have improved our lives, they have also provided vehicles for sharing and amplifying disinformation, hate speech, and extremism. In this social-cyber environment, information warfare and propaganda have flourished. The use of social media to harm ranges from individuals using it for cyber-bullying, to extremist groups recruiting members, to states using it to encourage polarization and unrest. As more of our lives move online, we’re increasingly challenged to look beyond these messages to remain informed, thoughtful members of our communities and countries who are able to engage civilly with each other without being subjected to undue influence.
The goal of the Center for IDeaS at Carnegie Mellon University is to enhance social cybersecurity to preserve and support an informed democratic society.
IDeaS will provide people with the knowledge and tools to overcome these challenges — preserving and supporting the citizenry — through research, education, and community-building in these within social cybersystems. We must remain informed, thoughtful members of our communities and countries, despite online and informational challenges.