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Location

University of Iowa Libraries

Event Website

https://events.uiowa.edu/event/teaching_with_the_library

Start Date

12-1-2018 10:00 AM

End Date

12-1-2018 11:00 AM

Description

The digital revolution has democratized the consumption and production of news and information. This has created a platform for voices unheard, but among these benefits, there has been an increase in false news stories, memes and outright lies. This comes from all sides of the political spectrum, industry, society and even science. Democracy and collective decision making depends on an informed citizenry. This talk will explore some of the reasons behind this onslaught of misinformation and the ways to combat it. This includes a new-age kind of BS cloaked in the authority of data, statistics and algorithms.

Comments

Keynote Speaker: Jevin D. West is an Assistant Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington and co-founder of the DataLab. Broadly, he works in the area of data science and data reasoning. With his colleague, Carl Bergstrom, he developed a new course: Calling BS in the Age of Big Data. His core research asks questions about the origins of scientific disciplines, the biases within science that drive these disciplines, and the impact the current publication system has on the health of science. To explore these questions, he develops machine learning techniques for mining scientific text, citations and figures. Example projects include Eigenfactor.org and Viziometric.org. More details on his research and teaching can be found at: jevinwest.org.

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Jan 12th, 10:00 AM Jan 12th, 11:00 AM

Keynote - Calling Bullshit: Data Reasoning for the Digital Age

University of Iowa Libraries

The digital revolution has democratized the consumption and production of news and information. This has created a platform for voices unheard, but among these benefits, there has been an increase in false news stories, memes and outright lies. This comes from all sides of the political spectrum, industry, society and even science. Democracy and collective decision making depends on an informed citizenry. This talk will explore some of the reasons behind this onslaught of misinformation and the ways to combat it. This includes a new-age kind of BS cloaked in the authority of data, statistics and algorithms.

https://ir.uiowa.edu/twtl/2018/presentations/1