Study Group: Technology and Human Rights - Disinformation


Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:15pm


Wexner Room 102, 79 JFK Street Cambridge, MA, 02138

Please join us for a study group on technology and human rights at the Harvard Kennedy School!

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy invites you to join a study group on technology, human rights and artificial intelligence. The study group, which will meet three times this semester, is convened and moderated by Steven Livingston, Senior Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

This is an open study group. No registration is required.

The study group will meet from 12:00 - 1:15 pm on three occasions this semester:


Session 2 - Disinformation:

While opensource investigations have used data and technology to pry open the shroud that conceals war crimes and abuses, disinformation campaigns are used by perpetrators and their witting and unwitting allies in an effort to obfuscate and conceal.  In this session we will investigate the methods used by perpetrators in disinformation campaigns.  This will include a review of deepfakes, the synthetic visual and audio content created using artificial neural networks. 


Ben Nimmo:

Ben Nimmo is Senior Fellow for Information Defense at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab). He specializes in analyzing patterns of online disinformation and influence operations across varying platforms and geographical regions. In a career marked by more variety than predictability, he has been a scuba diving instructor, travel writer, journalist (2004-11, including as EU and NATO correspondent for the German Press Agency, dpa), and NATO press officer (2011-14), and worked for the Institute for Statecraft in London (2015-16). He once walked from Canterbury, England, to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, for charity, carrying a trombone.  See Ben Nimmo, “Anatomy of an Info-War: How Russia’s Propaganda Machine Works, and How to Counter It