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Social Science and Public Policy

ASPI Speaker Series: AI and Democratic Values

April 14, 2021 at 3:00pm4:00pm EDT

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Trolling, dunking and persuading: what is ‘good faith’ debate in the social media era? 

Presented by Regina Rini, York University (Toronto)

Social media is usually a bad place for debating important public policy issues. Many interactions are obviously in bad faith, from trolls to automated bots. But if we want to do better, we first need to know what good faith debate should be – and that turns out to be hard to describe. In this talk I evaluate several proposals for ‘good faith’ debate, showing problems with each. I build a model of good faith debate as a cooperative-adversarial process, and use this model to explain why existing social media platforms tend to perform so poorly.

Meeting ID: 920 7668 2248
Passcode: 039156

Sponsored by the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute

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This event was published on April 9, 2021.

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