Monday, September 23, 2019

Google's Dan Russell on power searching techniques and "deepfakes"

The Future of Information Alliance, which includes the Libraries and numerous partners on and off campus, is presenting 2 events next week that may be of interest:

The Joy of Search: A Google Insider’s Guide to Going Beyond the BasicsA book talk by Dan RussellThursday, Sept. 26, 2019, 3 to 4:30 pmRoom 6137, McKeldin LibraryUniversity of Maryland, College Park

The Future of Deepfakes
A program of the Future of Information Alliance at the University of Maryland
Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, 10:30 am to noon
Eaton Theater (Room 2108), Knight Hall

Dan Russell, Google’s own guru of “user happiness,” has been leading search workshops here at Maryland for years. He maintains a blog with periodic search challenges called Search/Research. He also has a free online course, Power Searching with Google. And now he is coming here to talk about the book he has just written with his best tips — including step-by-step examples — that can improve your search skills and enhance your critical thinking about the search process. More info
Deepfakes use artificial intelligence to fabricate video and audio of people doing and saying things they never did or said. Hollywood has used deepfakes in movies, and museums are exploring them as ways to animate famous paintings and bring long-gone artists to life. But the same technology is being used for sexual harassment in cyberspace and threatening to foment chaos in the 2020 election cycle. How do deepfakes work? What lies ahead? What can be done? 
Join Hany Farid, computer scientist at UC Berkeley and expert both on the creation of deepfakes and the forensics needed to detect and defeat them;  Danielle Citron, a legal scholar at Boston University and expert on hate crimes and sexual harassment in cyberspace who has explored the intersection of deepfakes and the law; and Dan Russell, Google’s “director of user happiness,” who will talk about what anyone who searches the web must do to avoid being tricked by deepfakes and to play a role in preventing their spread. Moderated by Sandy Banisky of UMD’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, where she teaches media law, ethics, and urban reporting. More info