Dr. Ted Lappas

week 5

Who Can I Trust? Social Media and Disaster

May 6, 2020

Who Can I Trust? Social Media and Disaster

Dr. Ted Lappas

Online platforms like Facebook can be extremely helpful to exchange information and seek human interaction during times of quarantine and social distancing — but they can also be a source of misinformation. Fake news and unfounded opinions can mislead users, cause panic, and even lead to actions that prevent communities and countries from effectively addressing serious and unprecedented challenges. This talk will present strategies to help users evaluate the validity of online information.

About the Speaker
Dr. Ted Lappas is an assistant professor of analytics at Stevens. His research focuses on large-scale reputation systems, as well as on scalable data mining and machine learning algorithms for business analytics. He is a leading expert in social media analysis and his work on fake reviews online has been quoted widely by mainstream media such as NBC, Vox and Business Times. He has extensive experience collaborating with businesses in different industries on data science projects; has published in the top journals of his field, including Information Systems Research; and has received significant grant funding.

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