Distinguished Lecture Series

Upcoming Events

Timothy R. Tangherlini headshot
Apr 24, 2024, 12:10 pm to 1:30 pm
Timothy Tangherlini uses a computational folkloristic approach to analyze conversations on the social media platform Parler leading up to the January 6th attack on the Capitol.

Previous Events

Jevin West
Feb 21, 2024, 12:10 pm to 1:30 pm
Jevin West breaks down the threats of scientific disinformation, predatory publishing and pseudoscience, the reproducability crisis, and generative AI.
Dr. Alvitta Ottley
Jan 31, 2024, 12:10 pm to 1:30 pm
Alvitta Ottley examines the role of machine learning algorithms in expediting visual analysis, revealing data patterns, and fostering the discovery of novel insights — and confronts the risks of data bias, interpretability, and user trust.
Ryan Calo
Jan 17, 2024, 12:10 pm to 1:30 pm
Drawing from work in law and design, Ryan Calo uses dark patterns, robots, generative artificial intelligence, and other examples to evidence the problem of socio-digital vulnerability.
Photo of Daniel S. Weld
Oct 25, 2023, 12:10 pm to 1:30 pm
Daniel S. Weld outlines the principles and pitfalls of effective human-AI interaction.
Photo of Yoshi Kohno, professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington.
Oct 11, 2023, 12:10 pm to 1:30 pm
Tadayoshi Kohno charts the evolution of computer security over the past 20 years and makes some predictions for the future.
Sep 21, 2023, 10:10 am to 11:30 am
Alessandro Acquisti’s research estimates how much consumer data is worth, who profits from it, and what difference privacy laws make.
Kate Starbird
Apr 19, 2023, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
Kate Starbird is a leading expert on how people use social media to seek, share, and make sense of information and misinformation.
David Rand headshot
Nov 30, 2022, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
David Rand is a leading expert in the psychology of misinformation. Rand is a systems biologist and psychologist and runs MIT’s Human Cooperation Lab.
Jessica Hullman
Nov 9, 2022, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
Jessica Hullman is a leading expert in information visualization and uncertainty. Hullman is an information scientist and computer scientist by training, and an associate professor at Northwestern University.
Katerina Linos
Nov 2, 2022, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
Legal scholar Katerina Linos discusses how government and international organization actions can create information vacuums, creating space for misinformation to spread among migrants and refugees.
Jeff Hancock
Oct 26, 2022, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
Jeff Hancock is a leading expert on technology’s role in deception and trust. Hancock is a psychologist and a professor at Stanford University in Communication.
Hany Farid
Sep 28, 2022, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
We are awash in disinformation of lies, conspiracies, and now a new form of manipulated media — so-called deepfakes. Hany Farid explains how deepfakes are created and how to tell truth from fiction.
Dale Dougherty
Nov 18, 2015, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
How media and events play an essential role in organizing and spreading the Maker movement.
Doug Cutting
Oct 7, 2015, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
New data technologies pervade our institutions, but the data revolution is far from complete. Doug Cutting of Cloudera discusses some of the current challenges, both technical and social.
Feb 5, 2014, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
A timely and engaging conversation with Cindy Cohn, legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Nicole Ozer, technology and civil liberties director at the ACLU of Northern California.
Chris Riley
Feb 15, 2012, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
Chris Riley is a designer and global communications strategist and the founder of Studioriley. He explores the relationship between business and culture through brand strategy and communications design.
David Weinberger (photo by Leah Weinberger)
Nov 30, 2011, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
David Weinberger is one of the most respected thought-leaders at the intersection of technology, business, and society. His new book, Too Big to Know, explores how the networking of knowledge is transforming expertise and decision-making in business, government, education, and science.
Lisa Gansky (Photo: <a href="http://www.staticphotography.com/">Kris Krüg</a>)
Dec 1, 2010, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Lisa Gansky is an author, entrepreneur, and environmentalist, and the co-founder and former CEO of Ofoto (now Kodak Gallery) and GNN (the world's first commercial website, acquired by AOL).
(Courtesy of Roy Bahat)
Oct 27, 2010, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Distinguished Lecturer Roy Bahat is the president of the online media and gaming company IGN Entertainment.
Tina Seelig
Mar 17, 2010, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Tina Seelig shares surprising stories of true entrepreneurs overcoming obstacles, demonstrating that by creatively challenging assumptions, breaking the rules, and disregarding the impossible you can bring remarkable ideas to life.