Online event: "Lie machines" Book launch with Prof Philip Howard

Past Event

20 May 2020, 6:00pm - 7:00pm


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Misinformation, disinformation and political from elected officials, authoritarian governments, and extremist groups doesn't just choke public debate.

These days, myths about the coronavirus are deadly. The mechanisms that produce, distribute and market these myths are the same as those that have done so much damage to public life in recent years. Lie machines are social and technical mechanisms for distributing false messages in the service of ideology. In the book Professor Phillip Howard not only takes the machine apart analytically, he offers a plan for minimizing their impact and disassembling them entirely.

Join Professor Phillip Howard online to hear him talk about his book. To join the webinear register here:

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Professor Philip Howard
Lead Researcher, Oxford Martin Programme on Misinformation, Science and Media

Philip N. Howard is Professor of Internet Studies and Director at the Oxford Internet Institute and Balliol College at the University of Oxford. He has courtesy appointments as a professor at the University of Washington’s Department of Communication and as a fellow at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

Howard investigates the impact of digital media on political life around the world, and he is a frequent commentator on global media and political affairs. Howard’s research has demonstrated how new information technologies are used in both civic engagement and social control in countries around the world. His projects on digital activism, information access, and modern governance in both democracies and authoritarian regimes have been supported by the European Research Council, National Science Foundation, US Institutes of Peace, and Intel’s People and Practices Group.