Sign up for a Fake News Horror Show Workshop!

Registered attendees of Fake News Horror Show! can participate in a series of workshops to take place in the morning and afternoon of Friday, June 8th, the event's second day. Led by experts, workshops range from an exploration of the responsibility of marketers to solve online toxicity, to audio deepfakes and detecting fake videos. 

Please browse the descriptions for the available workshops below. Then, use the form at the bottom of this page to make your selection. Registered attendees can participate in up to four workshops throughout the event. 


Morning Workshop: Session 1 (9AM-9:50AM)

How ISIS and other extremist groups are weaponizing social media. Subject Matter experts with visual examples how terrorist groups like ISIS are weaponizing social media sites, including Facebook, YouTube, Google Plus, and Twitter Led by Eric Feinberg, GIPEC. 

When Trolls Enter the AR World. AR has an incredible opportunity to create context in the world around us, but what happens when fake information and trolls also enter the AR world? What happens when the hate speech we see on boards like 4chan can be overlaid onto the world around us? How can we create the right filters and tools to keep the information used in AR to be accurate and free from kind of purposeful misinformation we see online? Led by David Polinchock, Experiential Advertising Group. 

Don’t Kill the Comments: Making Online Communities Productive Again. Many years ago, the comments were abandoned to the trolls. The Coral Project at Mozilla is pushing back. Their software is now running the comments at the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, New York magazine and more, making online communities productive again. But some threats are harder to confront than others. In this workshop,  Andrew Losowsky, project lead on The Coral Project, will walk you through some of the hardest challenges around the future of online comments – and how most solutions could bring about an even worse dystopia. And then it's your turn. Come and help Mozilla take back the internet.

Morning Workshop: Session 2 (10:00AM-10:50AM)

Our Tidepod Future. How did the Tide Pod Challenge illustrate two hard problems in dealing with fake news? This workshop explores how parody and criticism are often indistinguishable from the thing they supposedly respond to; and that the dynamics of virality promote the same offensive and dangerous content platforms try to limit. Led by James Grimmelmann, Cornell Tech. 

Audio Deepfakes. Led by Scott Reitherman, Creative Technologist. This interactive workshop will review of best examples of audio fakes with commentary about truth vs perception. Participants will also explore a tutorial on voice synth, and train their own digital voice with their laptops.


Afternoon Workshop: Session 1 (1:30PM-2:20PM)

Detecting fake videos. Led by Siwei Lyu (University at Albany) & Vishal Misra (Columbia University), the pair will discuss their expert research in computer science and data science to point to new directions for video. Amy Chen, NYC Media Lab's Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, will moderate the workshop. 

The Marketer’s Predicament: Helping Bad Guys with Good Data. This presentation will explore the role that marketers play in ensuring that algorithmic systems are protected against exploitation by bad actors. If algorithms get more effective even for destructive use cases when good people provide them with data, are marketers complicit in malicious activity by not demanding platforms police themselves more assiduously? Led by Eric Seufert of N3TWORK. 

Afternoon Workshop: Session 2 (2:30PM-2:20PM)

Deepfakes. Learn how deepfakes are made, with Ben Moskowitz & Bobby Richter

The Makings of Misinformation. This panel will explore the tools of the trade for journalists and for practitioners of digital disinformation. It will discuss the various content formats, the emerging technologies that may impact false content and what journalists need to know to stay ahead of the game. The workshop will touch on real-life examples like Parkland, the French Election, and the YouTube shooter story. Led by Megan Holmgren, Storyful.