Fake News Horror Show!

WHAT: A gathering of people, projects and ideas to help the world understand the future of propaganda and misinformation

WHEN: Thursday, June 7th, 4PM-9PM; Friday, June 8th, 8AM - 4PM

WHERE: MAGNET at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 2 Metrotech Center 8th Floor, Brooklyn NY 11201(Map)

MEDIA CONTACT: Bay Brown, bay@nycmedialab.org, (917) 803-0779


NYC Media Lab is hosting the Fake News Horror Show, as part of the Lab’s Tech, Media & Democracy initiative. The event will include demos, talks, workshops and a panel hosted by Media Matters, all exploring the disturbing outcome when emerging technologies are applied to misinformation campaigns.


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. On June 7th and 8th, 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.


This event is part of the TechMediaDemocracy.NYC initiative. In 2017, NYC Media Lab helped to organize a consortium of six universities in NYC to solve problems at the intersection of technology, media and democracy. In partnership with the Media Lab, faculty and students are investigating the various threats to journalism and media, and attempting to address these challenges using design, engineering, and computational methods and techniques.


  • 300+ Anticipated Attendance
  • Science Fair style demonstrations and concurrent talks, lectures and discussion
  • Brainstorm/Idea Jam for solutions
  • Attendees from a variety of backgrounds, institutions, industry sectors

Key Speakers

  • Clint Watts, senior fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University and author of Messing with the Enemy: Surviving in a Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians, and Fake News

  • Renee DiResta, Data For Democracy Policy Lead and Mozilla Fellow for Media, Misinformation and Trust

  • David Carroll, associate professor of media design and director of the MFA Design and Technology graduate program at the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design

  • Angelo Carusone, President of Media Matters, offers a new framework for understanding and stopping the fake news problem, recognizing it for the cheating it is and drawing on past examples of deceit that were effectively stomped out by advocates.


Now what? What do we do to rein in the Fake News Horror Show, hosted by Media Matters. With Speakers:

  • Melissa Ryan, Media Matters Visiting Fellow and Editor of Ctrl Alt-Right Delete

  • Madihha Ahussain, Special Counsel for Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Muslim Advocates

  • Greg Greene, Digital Campaigns and Special Projects Manager, Planned Parenthood Action Fund

  • Roger McNamee, Co-Founder and Partner, Elevation Partners

  • Erin Shields, National Field Organizer, Internet Rights, Center for Media Justice

See the entire program here.


  • Derp!fakes: faster, easier, creepier deepfakes

  • Cloning voices: deepfakes for audio

  • Reddithole: navigating to toxic groups

  • Wikibabel: an ‘alternative facts’ version of Wikipedia

  • Fake news on the airwaves: how radio stations have become a conduit for fake news

  • Fear, uncertainty and doubt: a vision of unethical facial recognition software

  • Talking points: how talking points are pushed and homogenized across networks

Browse the entire Demo Expo.


  • Our Tide Pod Future
  • How to Make a Deepfake
  • How to detect fake video and images
  • How ISIS and other extremist groups are weaponizing social media
  • When Trolls Enter the AR World
  • The responsibility of marketers to solve online toxicity & misinformation

Explore the workshop offerings.


Founded in 2010, NYC Media Lab is a public-private partnership that connects universities that are doing cutting edge research with the City’s media & technology companies. Through pilot corporate projects, its incubator, The Combine, and student demos the labs creates dialogue around emerging media and technology topics making a social and economic impact on New Yorkers-—ranging from Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and the Blockchain to Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality to the intersection of Tech, Media and Democracy.