Cyber Security Seminar by Dr. Phil Zimmermann : The unexpected effects of social networks on the body politic in western democracies

11 February 2020 12:00 till 12:45 - Location: Faculty EEMCS-BUILDING 28, TURING COLLOQUIUMROOM 0.E420

Phil Zimmermann will discuss the unexpected effects of social networks on the body politic in western democracies.  Social networks like Facebook, which are driven by advertising revenue models, optimize for maximum engagement.  And nothing drives engagement as much as outrage.  This amplifies political tribalism and division, depressing the immune system against right wing populism.  We see it in Poland, in Hungary, and it seems to be growing in a number of other EU countries. This threatens the EU experiment, and has brought US democracy to the precipice. The advertising revenue model provides data driven microtargeting of political ads, allowing foreign intelligence agencies to manipulate elections with nearly invisible precision guided munitions.

Who would have thought social networks could enable so much of this?  What can be done to turn it around? Audience participation is encouraged!