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Past Events

Disinformation Conference and Workshop

Start date: March 12, 2020 - End date: March 13, 2020

Location: Perry Castaneda Library

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This event has been postponed until Fall 2020.

Shiny Things Workshop

Date: February 21, 2020

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


There is so much buzz about artificial intelligence, but what’s real and what’s fiction?

In this hands-on session about AI’s effects on science and society, Harvard researcher and artist Sarah Newman will help us explore scholarly and practical AI questions big and small, and lead participants through activities to help us visualize our ideas for answering those questions. She’ll help us think more creatively about these issues by guiding us through design exercises using unexpected materials. This will also be an opportunity for attendees to think through ongoing research ideas and explore the implications, positive and negative, of AI technologies.

Disinformation Group Meeting

Start date: October 15, 2019 - End date: April 15, 2020

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Location: FAC 402


As part of our Good Systems work, Talia Stroud, Director of the Center for Media Engagement, Mary Neuburger, Chair of the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, and Sharon Strover proposed to host monthly “Disinformation Network” meetings to convene the diverse group of people on campus working on disinformation-related research. The purpose of these meetings is to share what we are working on, to explore findings and to broaden opportunities to use our work. We would be delighted if you could join us.

Meetings will convene January 29th, February 19th, March 11th, and April 15th. Speakers include Talia Stroud, Amelia Acker, and Tricia Moravec. These meetings are informal and will include light refreshments. – We are equipped for videoconferencing.

The Grand Challenge of Ethics and AI: A Fireside Chat with Tim Hwang

Date: October 7, 2019

Time: 3 p.m.


Good Systems is hosting a fireside chat with Tim Hwang, director of the Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiativeand Professor Sharon Strover from the Moody College of Communication. Dubbed “The Busiest Man on the Internet” by Forbes, Hwang researches and writes about the social implications of artificial intelligence. Before joining the Harvard-MIT initiative, he served as Google’s global public policy lead on AIHis current work focuses on the geopolitical aspects of computational power and ensuring social justice in machine learning applications. 

Following the fireside chatwe invite everyone to attend a reception to meet the Good Systems research team and learn about projects that will be launching this year. UT faculty and staff will also have the opportunity to network with colleagues from around campus and find out what opportunities exist for participating in this grand challenge.

This is a free event, but space is limited, so please reserve your spot today.

Brown Bag Lunch with Sam Woolley

Date: September 20, 2019

Time: 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Location: Lady Bird Johnson Room, CMA 5.136


Join the Technology & Information Policy Institute as we host Samuel C. Woolley, Assistant Professor in the Journalism School at the Moody College of Communication. Professor Woolley will present his talk, Addressing the Next Wave of Computational Propaganda. 

If you would like an invitation to attend, email

Lunch provided with RSVP.

Samuel C. Woolley is an assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He has affiliations as a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, as a visiting scholar at the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at the University of California at Berkeley, and as a research affiliate at the Project for Democracy and the Internet at Stanford University.

Woolley’s research is focused on how emergent technologies are used in and around global political communication. His work on computational propaganda—the use of social media in attempts to manipulate public opinion—has revealed the ways in which a wide variety of political groups in the United States and abroad have leveraged tools such as bots and trending algorithms and tactics of disinformation and trolling in efforts to control information flows online. His projects on digital politics, automation/AI, social media, and political polarization have been funded by the Ford Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the New Venture Fund for Communications, and others. (more…)

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