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.


New technologies are making it possible to generate new and more insidious forms of propaganda and misinformation. The only way to address the problem is to understand what is possible. In June 2018 the Fake News Horror Show! will convene researchers, digital media experts and technologists, and those concerned with the political and social implications of computational propaganda to imagine the worst. Picture a science fair of terrifying propaganda tools- some real and some imagined, but all based on plausible technologies.


If you are interested in contributing a demo to the Fake News Horror Show! Please fill out an application here


What we fear is a future in which potent personal data is combined with increasingly sophisticated technology to produce and deliver unaccountable personalized media and messages at global scale. Combined with data-driven emerging media technologies, it is clear that the use of behavioral data to nudge citizens with propaganda-as-a-service is set to explode. Imagine being able to synthesize a politician saying anything you type and then upload the highly realistic video to Facebook with a fake CNN chyron banner.

Anyone with a laptop will have access to these powerful tools. Expect the early versions of the product of these technologies to be available well before the 2020 election cycle.

"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.

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.