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  • Writer's pictureKaumudi Goda

“The Human Conversation” (on Bias, Technology & Social Media)

According to 2020 surveys by Gallup and Pew Research Centre, fewer than 40% of people trust news media for balanced and accurate news coverage. The percentage of those who trust social media is below 20%.

Yet, social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, WeChat and Weibo have become the primary source of news updates for a majority of people world over.

As users, we are routinely exposed to clickbait, partisan reporting, pseudo-science, fake news and conspiracy theories. Even more troubling, misinformation spreads quickly and widely.

Technology and social media platforms are unavoidable. At the same time, they influence the way we think and amplify the impact of our decisions and we are vulnerable to manipulation.

From this engaging and interactive session:

  1. Learn about the dangers of algorithmic bias, technology filter bubbles and digital echo chambers

  2. Understand how human brains process information, how this impacts the way we experience the world, react and make decisions.

  3. Explore practical strategies for managing the negative effects of bias in our minds, in technology and in society to help us become empowered digital natives.

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