SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR SECTIONS / CHAPTERS – Digital Platforms and Societal Harms – Call for Participation

By on September 4th, 2023 in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blog Posts, Human Impacts, Social Implications of Technology, Societal Impact

Digital Platforms and Societal Harms

  •       In June 2023, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk called for effective action to end hate speech.
  •       In July 2023, the World Economic Forum released its Chief Risk Officers Outlook, ranking misinformation and disinformation as a top 10 external risk, highly likely to have a severe impact on organizations by the end of 2023.
  •       In August 2023, the Anti-Defamation League and the Tech Transparency Projectreleased findings from two studies that concluded that Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter recommended explicitly anti-Semitic content to test personas of different ages and genders who searched for or looked at conspiracy theories and other topics.

In October 2023, we come together as a community to address these rising issues.

Digital Platforms and Societal Harms

We invite you to join us at Digital Platforms and Societal Harmstaking place 2 and 3 October at American University in Washington, D.C. and with keynote panels available in hybrid mode to enable online attendance, and – this is where you come in – though local in-person events that can be hosted by IEEE Sections or Chapters anywhere in the world.

Featuring international speakers with backgrounds in public policy, government, artificial intelligence, and other computing technologies, this event will focus on solutions to the challenges of hate speech, extremism, exploitation, misinformation and disinformation on digital platforms.

We invite you to join us by running a local in-person event to view one of the panels, either live or through a recording at a time that works for you during October 2023. The local event should feature a viewing of one of the three keynote panels, followed by in-person discussion.

  • The topic is of particular interest to government and industry and is an opportunity to engage with members and potential members in these sectors.
  • As you can set your own price for attendance (or make it free), you can reduce the cost of attending this event for your members / local community substantially.
  • This is an opportunity to access multiple world class speakers, combined with local knowledge and discussion to make it an effective local technical event.

Requirements for Section / Chapter local events: (1) Email Yuhong Liu (yhliu@scu.edu) by September 11 to confirm your interest, the panel you want to host, and the date in October you want to run your event, (2) A flat fee of $200 applies, you can absorb this or charge a fee to participants (3) after the event you need to complete an online form to provide details of your attendance numbers and key points from the local discussion.

Join us and be part of the solution as we shape the future of policy and science in stopping societal harm via digital platforms.