Distinguished Lecture Series

Previous events

Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm PDT

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.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 12:10 pm - 1:30 pm

Jevin West breaks down the threats of scientific disinformation, predatory publishing and pseudoscience, the reproducability crisis, and generative AI.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024, 12:10 pm - 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.

Wednesday, January 17, 2024, 12:10 pm - 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.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 12:10 pm - 1:30 pm

Daniel S. Weld outlines the principles and pitfalls of effective human-AI interaction.

Wednesday, October 11, 2023, 12:10 pm - 1:30 pm

Tadayoshi Kohno charts the evolution of computer security over the past 20 years and makes some predictions for the future.

Thursday, September 21, 2023, 10:10 am - 11:30 am

Alessandro Acquisti’s research estimates how much consumer data is worth, who profits from it, and what difference privacy laws make.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 4:10 pm - 5:30 pm PDT

Kate Starbird is a leading expert on how people use social media to seek, share, and make sense of information and misinformation.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 4:10 pm - 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.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 4:10 pm - 5:30 pm PST

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.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 4:10 pm - 5:30 pm PDT

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.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 4:10 pm - 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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 4:10 pm - 5:30 pm PDT

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.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 4:10 pm - 5:30 pm
How media and events play an essential role in organizing and spreading the Maker movement.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 4:10 pm - 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.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 4:10 pm - 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.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 4:10 pm - 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.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 4:10 pm - 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.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 4:00 pm - 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).
Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Distinguished Lecturer Roy Bahat is the president of the online media and gaming company IGN Entertainment.