Technologies of Deception

About the Conference

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This is a conference hosted by the Information Society Project (ISP) to be held at remotely (due to COVID-19 restrictions) on March 25-26, 2022

In the half-decade since the 2016 election, misinformation bots have been prominent in research agendas in law, political science, and other fields, as scholars have increasingly documented the extent to which such forces were both operational and impactful. The perceived threat, one that was closely watched in the 2020 election, was to the proper functioning of our democratic systems, both at the polls and in the tenor and quality of public discourse. In short, algorithms that created seemingly human entities had threatened much that democratic societies hold dear. But this was not the only instance of machine imposters, as deceptive technologies present in manifold forms, from misinformation bots and fake news to deepfakes and robot “performance videos”: countless technologies that function to conflate truth and falsity, mentation and computation, authenticity and falsehood, or that function not to deceive but rather to manipulate. Moreover, technologies are being developed to deceive the deceivers, and those in the behavioral sciences are working to understand trust and deception and the cognitions that facilitate them.


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9:30-9:35a                           Welcome

9:35-10:50a                         Plenary 1: Platforms for Duping, Faking, Deceiving

Winifred Poster: Scams, Bots, and Digital Workers: Deception in Online Platform Economies

Neil Netanel: Militant Democracy as a Framework for Countering Anti-Democratic Technologies of Deception

Marshall Van Alstyne: Free Speech, Platforms & The Fake News Problem

Moderator: Sari Mazzurco

11:05-12:00p                      Breakout Session 1                         

Room 1 Karen Nershi: How Strong Are Anti-Money Laundering Laws in Practice? Evidence from Cryptocurrency Transactions; Commentator: Robert Heverly

Room 2 Alexander Urbelis and Frederick Mostert: Adversarial Versatility: Examining How and Why Advanced Cyber Adversaries Exploit the Inherent Flexibility of the Internet for Deception; Commentator: Bridget Barrett

Room 3 Marijeta Bozovic and Benjamin Peters: Race as a Technology of Deception: Imagining Russian Hackers in Telegram and Cybercriminal Forums; Commentator: Anat Lior

12:00-1:00p                         Break   

1:00-1:55p                           Breakout Session 2                         

Room 1 Holli Sargeant: A Rights-Based Approach to Online Economic Exploitation of Children; Commentator: Elana Zeide

Room 2 Claire Boine: The Concept of Manipulation in the AI Act; Commentator: Emine Ozge Yildirim

Room 3 Kamil Mamak: Regulation of Robot Deception Needs to be Nuanced; Commentator: Bao Kham Chau

2:10-3:25p                           Plenary 2: Deep and Shallow Fakes

Don Fallis: How to Deceive with Images

Albertina Antognini and Andrew Keane Woods: Shallow Fakes

Katrina Geddes: Ocularcentrism and Deepfakes: Should Seeing Be Believing?

Moderator: Claudia Haupt

3:40-4:35p                           Breakout Session 3                         

Room 1 Matene Alikhani: Disinformation in Decentralized Assets; Commentator: Max Schaefer

Room 2 Susanne Klausing: The Relation between Attitude Certainty and the Privacy Paradox; Commentator: Roger Ford

Room 3 Christina Spiesel: We Are Not Living On A Yellow Submarine; Maybe We Are In The Emerald City, The Fundamental Deceptions of the Digital World; Commentator: Samantha Godwin

4:50-6:05p                           Plenary 3: Technology, Addiction, and Ads

Gaia Bernstein: Unwired: Regaining Control over Addictive Technologies

Przemysław Pałka: Get Out of My Mind! Towards a Theory of Mental Costs in Consumer Protection?

Ángel Cuevas: Nanotargeting in Facebook: Targeting Individual Users with Non-PII Data

Moderator: Brittan Heller


9:30-10:45a                         Plenary 4: Surveillance and Tracking      

Kate Weisburd: Punitive Surveillance     

Max Schaeffer: Facebook Shadow Profiles

Sean O'Brien: Deception and Protection via Smart Speakers

Moderator: Niklas Eder

11:00-11:55a                       Breakout Session 4                         

Room 1 Filippo Lancieri; Caio Mario Pereira Neto; Rodrigo Moura Karolczak; Barbara Marchiori de Assis: Adjudicating Fake News; Commentator: David Thaw

Room 2 Heather Quinn: Using Speculative Design to Inform Tech Policy for the Metaverse and Beyond; Commentator: Alicia Solow-Niederman

Room 3 Gregory M. Dickinson: The Internet Immunity Escape Hatch; Commentator: Lucas Wright

12:10-1:25                           Plenary 5: Language, Trust, and Deception

Sarah E. Kreps: AI-Mediated Communication, Legislative Responsiveness, and Trust in Democratic Institutions

Mehtab Khan: Automated Mob Mentality: Tracing the Harms of Large Language Models

Dalit Ken-Dror Feldman and Yifat Nahmias: Political Speech: 50 Shades of Bots

Moderator:  Albert Fox Cahn

For any further questions, please feel free to contact Joseph Avery.

The Information Society Project (ISP) is an intellectual center at Yale Law School, founded in 1997 by Professor Jack Balkin. The ISP explores issues at the intersection of law, technology, and society. It supports an international community of interdisciplinary scholars work to illuminate the complex relationships between law, technology, and society. The ISP produces scholarship, convenes legal experts, and hosts events to foster the cross-pollination of ideas and spark new collaborations.