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For those of you near Boston, or really interested in fake news, this might
be of interest (sorry for the late notice, note deadline):

Harvard's Shorenstein Center, Northeastern's NULab and the Network Science
Institute will be cosponsoring an event on fake news on February 17--
agenda below.  We have limited space for some additional attendees and ask
that those interested in coming complete a brief informational form at
the following
link <>  no later
than* January 31st.* Please feel free to share with interested parties.

Here's the program:

*Combating Fake News: An Agenda for Research and Action*
Conference co-chairs:  Matt Baum and David Lazer

Friday, February 17

8:00-8:30am Continental breakfast

8:30-8:45am Welcome by Nicco Mele (Harvard), Introduction by Matthew Baum
(Harvard) and David Lazer (Northeastern): The science of fake news:  what
is to be done?

 Morning Session:  Foundations

How and why is fake news a problem? What are the underlying individual and
aggregate processes that underlie its capacity to do harm?

 8:45-10:15am Panel 1:  The psychology of fake news

 How do people determine what information to attend to, and what to
believe? How does fake news fit into this picture?

●      Moderator: Maya Sen (Harvard)

●      Panelists: Brendan Nyhan (Dartmouth), Adam Berinsky (MIT), Emily
Thorson (Boston College), Steven Sloman (Brown), Gordon Pennycook (Yale),
Miriam Metzger (UCSB)

10:15-10:30am coffee break

10:30:15am-12:00pm Panel 2:  How fake news spreads

How does information spread amongst people in the current news ecosystem?
How is this driven by our social ties, by social media platforms, and by
“traditional” media? What lessons can be learned from history?

●      Moderator: Nicco Mele (Harvard)

●      Panelists: Filippo Menczer (Indiana), Michael Schudson (Columbia),
David Lazer (Northeastern), Kelly Greenhill (Tufts), Duncan Watts
(Microsoft Research), Yochai Benkler (Harvard)

12:00-1:00pm Lunch, with keynote speaker:  Cass Sunstein (Harvard)

 1:00-2:30pm Panel 3: Responses by Public and Private Institutions

What role is there for public institutions (e.g., local, state and federal
government) to combat fake news and its harmful effects? What role is there
for private actors (e.g., social media companies, scholars, NGO’s,
activists) to combat fake news and its harmful effects?

●      Moderator: Tarek Masoud, Harvard

●      Panelists:  Katherine Brown (Council on Foreign Relations), Lori
Robertson (, Eli Pariser (UpWorthy), David Rothschild
(Microsoft Research), representative from Facebook [pending]

David Lazer

Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information
Science, Northeastern University
Co-Director, NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks:
Visiting Scholar, Harvard Kennedy School

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