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ASPI Speaker Series: AI and Democratic Values


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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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We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.