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Rock Colloquia Series - "Online Manipulation" - Daniel Susser

Daniel Susser, Assistant Professor of Information Sciences and Technology and Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute, will present at the first event of this year's Colloquia Series.
by Rebecca Bennitt Aug 27, 2018
When Aug 30, 2018
from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Where 133 Sparks Building
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"Online Manipulation"
Daniel Susser

Daniel Susser
Assistant Professor of Information Sciences and Technology and Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute


For further details on the talk, please see the abstract below. This event is open to the public, and all are welcome to attend, but please RSVP as space is limited. 

Abstract: Privacy and surveillance scholars routinely argue that advertisers and employers manipulate us. Using information they collect about our preferences, interests, incomes, and so on, they induce us to buy their products, vote for their candidates and work when and for however long it suits them. Yet what that means, exactly—what it means to manipulate someone—and how we might systematically identify cases of online manipulation has yet to be carefully explored. In this paper, we develop a definition of manipulation, explore the ways information technology can be used to facilitate manipulative practices, and describe the harms that flow from engaging in such practices. While our discussion is philosophical, our aim is not merely conceptual: by clarifying the nature of manipulative online practices, we hope to guide law and policy efforts to combat them.

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