Faking the News

Ben Moskowitz

Lies. Hoaxes. Conspiracies. Rumors. Propaganda. Fake news is an age old phenomenon but the internet is making targeted misinformation cheap and scalable. That is affecting politics, public opinion, and the everyday experience of the internet. In this 6 week class, we will explore the cutting edge of “fake news” by engaging in ethical research and fabrication. Participants will manufacture and observe a controlled “fake news” event. We will experiment with command line tools for doctoring video, neural n ets and deepfakes to fabricate reality, Twitter bots, behavioral psychology, and the dark underbelly of the ad economy.”