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Social Media, Disinformation, And Algorithms — How Did We Get Here? | Redefining Society With Cody Buntain

Episode Summary

We are going to need an algorithm to fix what the algorithms have done to information. Sure, let's pretend that social media, the organizations that instrument them, and the people who use them as news sources didn't create the problem.

Episode Notes

We are going to need an algorithm to fix what the algorithms have done to information. Sure, let's pretend that social media, the organizations that instrument them, and the people who use them as news sources didn't create the problem. Sorry, we are not going to "tech ourselves out" of this — we need education and ethics first. With that, maybe better algorithms will follow.

In this conversation we discuss this topic with Cody Buntain, assistant professor in the Informatics Department at the Ying Wu College of Computing at the New Jersey Institute of Technology where he studies social media, how people engage politically online — especially during disasters and times of social unrest — and how coordinating actors behave and information flows across multiple platforms.

This is going to be a great conversation; the algorithms said so.

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Guest
Cody Buntain
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Resources

Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make Our Platforms Less Polarizing: https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691203423/breaking-the-social-media-prism

YouTube Recommendations and Effects on Sharing Across Online Social Platforms: https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3449085

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