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Renée DiResta

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Latest 26 Nov 2022 | Updated Daily

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Memes, Bots and Algorithms with Renée DiResta

A Lot of Good People Told Me

In Memes, Bots and Algorithms, we talk with the incredible Renée DiResta, a true expert at the forefront of this research through her work at Stanford Internet Observatory. In one of her many “no big deal” moments, Renée testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) about Russian disinformation campaigns in the lead up to the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Renée is particularly interested in understanding how platform algorithms intersect with user behavior and factional crowd dynamics. She studies how actors leverage the information ecosystem to exert influence, from domestic activists promoting health misinformation and conspiracy theories. She has studied influence operations and computational propaganda in the context of pseudoscience conspiracies, terrorist activity, and state-sponsored information warfare, and has advised Congress, the State Department, and other academic, civil society, and business organizations on the topic. Recently, she appeared in a longform podcast interview with Joe Rogan and is featured in the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma. Editorial note: Renée is awesome and worth following across many platforms. Her Twitter page is @noUpside.

29mins

29 Jun 2022

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#38 - Renée DiResta

LABOSSIERE PODCAST

Renée DiResta is the technical research manager at Stanford Internet Observatory, where she studies abuse in information technologies, investigating the spread of narratives across social and media networks, with an interest in user behavior, factional crowd dynamics, and the ways in which actors leverage these systems to exert influence. Renee led multiple investigations and presented public testimony on multi-year efforts and influence operations of Russian actors in the 2016 presidential election. She’s gone on to advise Congress, the state Department, and other academic, civil society, and business organizations on terrorist activity and state-sponsored information warfare. Renée also speaks and writes regularly about technology policy as a contributor at Wired and The Atlantic. Her work has been featured or covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Yale Review, Fast Company, Politico, TechCrunch, Wired, Slate, Forbes, Buzzfeed, The Economist and the Journal of Commerce. She also appeared in the documentary The Social Dilemma. Before all this she ran research, marketing and business development at a couple startups, and before still worked in venture capital and quant finance.Renée is the author of The Hardware Startup: Building your Product, Business, and Brand, published by O’Reilly Media. She also has degrees in Computer Science and Political Science from the Honors College at Stony Brook University. In her free time, she’s the co-founder of the parent advocacy organization Vaccinate California and raises 3 children.

40mins

19 May 2022

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Online Safety Bill special series: Laura Edelson, Renée diResta and Guillaume Chaslot

The Infotagion Podcast with Damian Collins MP

How do user interactions shape content algorithms?  Are vulnerable people being purposefully targeted with harmful content? And how realistic is it that harmful content will be taken down before it causes harm? In this Online Safety Bill special series, Damian Collins MP unpacks the evidence heard from Laura Edelson, Guillaume Chaslot, and Renee diResta followed by a discussion with committee member Lord (Tim) Clement-Jones. 

21mins

25 Oct 2021

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#293: The Supply of Renée DiResta Should Be Infinite

Tech Policy Podcast

Named in honor of her wonderful essay in The Atlantic, “The Supply of Disinformation Will Soon Be Infinite,” this episode is a wide-ranging discussion with Renée DiResta, the technical research manager of Stanford Internet Observatory. Corbin and Berin pick Renée’s brain about the latest trends in misinformation, social media’s role in the “Stop the Steal” movement, the rise of online influencers, how to increase information literacy, and more. Other pieces of Renée’s mentioned or discussed in the show include “Mediating Consent,” “How to Stop Misinformation Before It Gets Shared,” “The Misinformation Campaign Was Distinctly One-Sided,” and “The Anti-Vaccine Influencers Who Are Merely Asking Questions.”

1hr 7mins

3 Jun 2021

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Renée DiResta on Conspiracy Theories, Russian Trolls, Alternate Realities, and Social Media Algorithms

Rebound Talks

Renée DiResta is the technical research manager at Stanford Internet Observatory where she investigates  the spread of malign narratives across social networks, and assists policymakers in devising responses to the problem. Renee has studied influence operations and computational propaganda in the context of pseudoscience conspiracies, terrorist activity, and state-sponsored information warfare, and has advised Congress, the State Department, and other academic, civil society, and business organizations on the topic.  You might know her from her contributions in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Yale Review, Forbes, Buzzfeed, The Economist, and many more. Or from her appearances in Joe Rogan, Sam Harris, and the famous documentary The Social Dilemma.

43mins

27 Jan 2021

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Renée DiResta: How to beat bad information

The Future of Everything presented by Stanford Engineering

Renée DiResta is research manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory, a multi-disciplinary center that focuses on abuses of information technology, particularly social media. She’s an expert in the role technology platforms and their “curatorial” algorithms play in the rise and spread of misinformation and disinformation.Fresh off an intense period keeping watch over the 2020 U.S. elections for disinformation as part of the Election Integrity Partnership, DiResta says the campaign became one of the most closely observed political dramas in American history.She says that whether it comes from the top down or the bottom up, bad information can be spotted and beaten, but overcoming falsehoods in the future will require vigilance and a commitment to the truth. She explains more on Stanford Engineering’s The Future of Everything podcast, with host Russ Altman. Listen and subscribe here.

27mins

18 Nov 2020

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E131 | Renée DiResta: How to beat bad information

Stanford Radio

The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:E131 | Renee DiResta: How to beat bad informationInadvertent misinformation and outright disinformation have become a scourge on American discourse, but those committed to the truth are keeping pace.Renée DiResta is research manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory, a multi-disciplinary center that focuses on abuses of information technology, particularly social media. She’s an expert in the role technology platforms and their “curatorial” algorithms play in the rise and spread of misinformation and disinformation.Fresh off an intense period keeping watch over the 2020 U.S. elections for disinformation as part of the Election Integrity Partnership, DiResta says the campaign became one of the most closely observed political dramas in American history.She says that whether it comes from the top down or the bottom up, bad information can be spotted and beaten, but overcoming falsehoods in the future will require vigilance and a commitment to the truth. She explains more on Stanford Engineering’s The Future of Everything podcast, with host Russ Altman. Listen and subscribe here.

27mins

18 Nov 2020

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Renée Diresta: On Online Conspiracies, Anti-Vaxxers, Hunter Biden, the 2020 Election, and Social Media Manipulation

Casually Creative

Renée Diresta spends most of her life looking online for conspiracies.  Within the half-truths and outright lies online, she and her associates at Stanford Internet Observatory are on a mission to investigate and understand "the spread of malign narratives across social networks." In an increasingly polarizing political climate, where no one is sure what's true and what's fabricated pseudofiction, Renée and her team are on the veritable front lines of an information war that is many decades in the making, and whose tools are becoming more nuanced and deadly with each new story "leak." Renée has been a contributor for, well...just about every publication talking about the role that tech platforms can and do play in the spread of disinformation and conspiracy theories. Her unique perspective and ability to interpret and understand the various parts of a supposed narrative and its veracity or dubiousness have made her the go-to expert for corporations, networks, and the federal government. Whether it's understanding the power and appeal of the anti-vaxxer movement, or how easily outside influencers can organize and arrange two opposing sides of an issue, Renée's journey to being one of the nation's foremost experts on misinformation during an era of extreme mistrust and unrest is a storied one. Her fascination with information and creative approach to understanding and dissecting how it is shared allows her and her team the opportunity to assist policymakers in devising responses to the problem and awareness of the appeal of half-truths in the American story. Curiously Creative ReneeDiresta.com Twitter: @NoUpside “She Warned of ‘Peer-to-Peer Misinformation.’ Congress Listened.” The New York Times “Renée DiResta: Putting 'Numbers, Systems, And Efficiency' To Work In A Classic Un-Career” Women@Forbes “Anti-Vaxxers Are Using Twitter to Manipulate a Vaccine Bill” WIRED “Social Network Algorithms Are Distorting Reality By Boosting Conspiracy Theories” Fast Company Co.Exist “How Social Network Manipulation Tactics Are Impacting Amazon and Influencing Consumers” lecture at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University (video) “What We Now Know About Russian Disinformation” The New York Times (op. ed.) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/casuallycrtve/message

1hr 12mins

29 Oct 2020

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ComNetworkV Keynote: Renée DiResta

CommsCast

ComNetworkV Keynote: Renée DiResta by The Communications Network

1hr 3mins

13 Oct 2020

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EP81 Renée DiResta on Social Media Warfare

The Jim Rutt Show

Renée DiResta talks to Jim about social media dynamics, foreign influence, disinformation vs misinformation, political ads, conspiracy, and much more...Renée DiResta talks to Jim about her work at the Standford Internet Observatory, identifying foreign social media influence, the challenge of defining state media, her work on the Election Integrity Project, sourcing social media data, foreign vs domestic disinformation & misinformation, the value & danger of political advertising, targeting & virality strategies, foreign influencer strategies that include hiring domestic journalists, election interference tactics & the 2016 US election, Renee's view on the 2020 election, the evolution of social media policy, participatory virality, potential impacts of deep fakes & GTP-3, information nihilism, the plurality of COVID-19 narratives & the Virality Project, conspiracy theory dynamics, how we can use social media better, and much more.Episode TranscriptMentions & RecommendationsRenee's Website The Social Dilemma on Netflix JRS: EP38 Tristan Harris on Humane Tech JRS: EP52 Steven Levy on Facebook: The Inside Story JRS: EP71 Philip Howard on Computational PropagandaRenée DiResta is the Technical Research Manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory. She investigates the spread of malign narratives across social and other media networks. Her areas of research include disinformation and propaganda by state-sponsored actors, and health misinformation and conspiracy theories.Renee has advised Congress, the State Department, and other academic, civic, and business organizations, and is an Ideas contributor at Wired and The Atlantic. Her tech industry writing, analysis, talks, and data visualizations have been featured or covered by numerous media outlets. She is a 2019 Truman National Security Project security fellow, a 2019 Mozilla Fellow in Media, Misinformation, and Trust, and a Council on Foreign Relations term member. She is also co-author of The Hardware Startup: Building your Product, Business, and Brand.

1hr 28mins

1 Oct 2020

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