Fake News Horror Show
Fake News Horror Show
Coming June 2018 - New York City

Fake News Horror Show!


Misinformation and computational propaganda are already a problem.

New technologies may make things exponentially worse.

The Fake News Horror Show! will explore worst case scenarios.


"It'll only take a couple of big hoaxes to really convince the public that nothing’s real." - NYC Media Lab's Justin Hendrix in BuzzFeed News

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Thursday, June 7th. 

4:00PM. Doors Open for Demos + Networking. Join us for an hour of 30+ demonstrations of technology prototypes. 

5:00PM-7:00PM. Presentations. A series of 30-minute talks will highlight key themes. Speakers joining the event include JD Maddox of the US State Department, a counterterrorism expert with specialization in emerging technology applications; and David Carroll, faculty member and Director of the MFA Design and Technology program at The New School, whose work on the Cambridge Analytica scandal made national headlines. 

7:00PM. The Fake News Horror Show! Panel Discussion.

8:00PM. Demos + Networking Reception. 

This event has limited capacity. Register now to claim your seat... 


Friday, June 8th.

9:00AM-11:00AM. Morning Session: Demos + Workshops. Join us for workshops led by experts from industry and research. The morning session will include four workshop sessions on topics ranging from how ISIS and other extremist groups are weaponizing social media to audio deepfakes.

11:00AM. Keynote Speaker: Clint Watts Messing with the Enemy: Surviving in a Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians, and Fake News.

12:00PM. Lunch.

12:30PM. Now What? What do we do to rein in the Fake News Horror Show!, hosted by Media Matters: The future may portend a fake news horror show, but in this panel conference participants have the opportunity to hear what they can do to make sure we don’t experience the worst case scenario. Advocates across sectors and movements share their experiences combatting weaponized lies and hate online and why advocacy in this landscape matters.

Speakers include:

  • Melissa Ryan, Media Matters Visiting Fellow and Editor of Ctrl Alt-Right Delete
  • Erin Shields, National Field Organizer, Internet Rights, Center for Media Justice
  • Madihha Ahussain, Special Counsel for Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Muslim Advocates.

1:30-3:30PM. Afternoon Session: Demos + Workshops. Afternoon workshops include topics such as an exploration of the responsibility of marketers to solve online toxicity & misinformation and detecting fake videos.

3:30PM. Closing Panel Discussion. 

4:00PM. Event ends. 


NYU Tandon School of Engineering's MAGNET facility. 2 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn NY, 11221. MAGNET is located on the 8th Floor. 



Apply to Demo

The application to Demo at Fake News Horror Show! is now open, with a rolling deadline of Monday, May 7th at 5PM. The application is open to anyone, including: university faculty and students, startups, government and civic officials, corporate labs, and independent artists and technologists. Applications that show use cases of emerging media and technology platforms are preferred. Find more details and the application at the link below.