Viral Deception and Polarization Workshop

This workshop will run over two days. During the first day, five keynote speakers will survey the "lay of the land" from different perspectives. For example, how does propaganda or deceptive news spread over social networks, and what can different institutions do about it? Does viral deception cause polarization, or is it merely a reflection of it? How has viral deception and polarization affected recent election outcomes?

During the second day, leading specialists in computer science, economics and sociology will discuss different ways to think about the spread of deceptive news, its effects on important social outcomes---like misinformation and polarization---and what might social media platforms be able to do about it.

Dates and Venue:

Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Glandt Forum, Singh Center for Nanotechnology

3205 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Keynote Speakers:



  • Eduard Talamàs, Warren Center Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Michael Kearns, Professor and National Center Chair, Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania
  • Rakesh Vohra, George A. Weiss and Lydia Bravo Weiss University Professor, Departments of Economics and Electrical & Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania


  • Coming soon!