The IDeaS Center (Center for Informed Democracy and Social Cybersecurity) will have a fall seminar series highlighting researchers within the center. All seminars are live streamed at the links included.

Upcoming Speakers:

Tuesday November 5th:

Robert Thibadeau, PhD, CEO Bright Plaza, Inc. and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, "Dealing with Fiat Lying in the Media" Join Here

Tuesday November 19th:

David Danks, Co-Director IDeaS Center

Tuesday December 3rd:

Jason Hong, Professor, School of Computer Science, HCII, CMU

Social Cyber-Security Working Group Speaker Series

The South Big Data Hub Social Cybersecurity Working Group connects the first Thursday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to Noon Eastern. To join the working group telecon talks and listen to the Speaker Series:

Join by phone: 1-855-880-1246

Zoom meeting ID: 556 168 986

Upcoming Speakers:

Thursday November 7th:

Fil Menczer, "Eight Ways Social Media Makes Society Vulnerable to Misinformation ", Indiana University

Abstract/Description: As social media become major channels for the diffusion of news and information, it becomes critical to understand how the complex interplay between cognitive, social, and algorithmic biases triggered by our reliance on social networks makes us vulnerable to disinformation. This talk overviews ongoing network analytics, modeling, and machine learning efforts to study the viral spread of misinformation and to develop tools for countering the online manipulation of opinions.

Joint work with collaborators at the Observatory on Social Media ( and the Indiana University Network Science Institute ( This research is supported in part by the National Science Foundation, McDonnell Foundation, DARPA, Yahoo, Democracy Fund, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, and Knight Foundation. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of these funding agencies.

Bio: Filippo Menczer is a professor of informatics and computer science at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Director of the Observatory on Social Media. He has courtesy appointments in cognitive science and physics. He holds a Laurea in Physics from the Sapienza University of Rome and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Menczer is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, a Fellow of the Center for Computer-Mediated Communication, a Senior Research Fellow of The Kinsey Institute, and a board member of the IU Network Science Institute. He previously served as division chair in the IUB School of Informatics and Computing, director of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research, visiting scientist at Yahoo Research, Fellow of the Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation in Torino, Italy, and Fellow-at-large of the Santa Fe Institute. He has been the recipient of Fulbright, Rotary Foundation, and NATO fellowships, and a Career Award from the National Science Foundation. His research interests span Web and data science, computational social science, science of science, and modeling of complex information networks. His efforts have recently focused on the online spread of misinformation and the development of tools to detect and counter social media manipulation. This work has been covered in many US and international news sources, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NPR, PBS, CNN, BBC, Economist, Guardian, Atlantic, Reuters, Science, and Nature. Menczer received multiple service awards and currently serves as associate editor of the Network Science journal and on the editorial boards of EPJ Data Science and PeerJ Computer Science.

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