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November 2, 2021 34 min

Today we hear from Phil Howard, who is a professor of sociology, information and international affairs, and the author of Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives. Studying information infrastructure and social systems at the same time, he provides a unique and integrated perspective on the impacts of social media on modern life, and why it matters. By illustrating how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and social media have been used to bring out the worst in us, Professor Howard helps us see a better path forward. His ideas for public agencies include mapping out how to better meet constituents on social media,. Tune in for a wide-ranging and thoughtful conversation.  

 

Be a part of Our Dream Deferred: use the hashtag #OurDreamDeferred or write to us at jgaron@aphsa.org.   

  

Links: 

Phil Howard’s commentary and articles: https://philhoward.org/ 

The Navigator tool: https://navigator.oii.ox.ac.uk/ 

Oxford Internet Institute: https://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/ 

 

This episode was produced by APHSA. Editing and sound design by Brandon Mitchell. 

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