“Fake news spreads six times faster than true news,” says Tristan Harris, co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology, former Google Design Ethicist (2013–16), and star of the 2020 Netflix documentary The Social DilemmaAnd that’s what happens when citizens share emotionally resonant mis- or disinformationoften weaponized for profit or propaganda purposeswhile tech algorithms amplify the viral spread. When Facebook and other social media companies allow the pollution of public information, fact-based, credible journalism is grievously weakened, and democracy is threatened. 

With others, Harris founded the Center for Humane Technology to radically reimagine our digital infrastructure as one that promotes people’s well-being, democracy, and sharedinformation environment.

Fighting the Disinformation Machine, an IlluminationsFact or Fiction talk presented by Cal Performances in partnership with the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, will feature Dean Geeta Anand and Harris in a conversation on the subject of “fact versus fiction,” in particular the growing movement to fight back against the perils posed to journalism by our current tech regime. An open Q&A session will follow the discussion.

This talk is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

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Pictured: Cal Performances and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism present a free talk, "Fighting the Disinformation Machine: Social Media and the Future of Journalism" with Dean Geeta Anand and Tristan Harris, on February 10, 2021. Pictured: Tristan Harris.
(credit: Courtesy of Tristan Harris)
Geeta Anand
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Pictured: Cal Performances and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism present a free talk, "Fighting the Disinformation Machine:  Social Media and the Future of Journalism" with Dean Geeta Anand and Tristan Harris, on February 10, 2021. Pictured: Geeta Anand.
(credit: Wesaam Al-Badry)