Center for Informed Democracy and Social-cybersecurity (IDeaS) Summer Institute, June 7-26, 2021
The IDeaS Summer Institute is an intense, hands-on training camp that teaches participants about the theories, methods, and tools to identify and combat disinformation, hate speech, and extremism online. This institute is aimed at graduate students, faculty, and personnel from industry, education and government who want to learn more about social-cybersecurity, an emerging field of research and policy.
This is an in-depth workshop on the state-of-the-art in social-cybersecurity. Topics covered include: how social media is used to spread disinformation, hate-speech and extremism online, types of technologies used to identify, combat, or measure the impact of these influence campaigns, and how communities can be more resilient in the face of such campaigns. Sessions will include seminars and technology demonstrations. Additional material for those who want to learn several of the key tools will be available.
Led by IDeaS Directors Dr. Kathleen M. Carley and Dr. David Danks, the Summer Institute will be virtual, distributed over three weeks in June.
The IDeaS Summer Institute will be run at the same time as the CASOS Summer Institute, a complimentary event run June 7-13, which will provide a hands-on introduction to network analytics and visualization from a combined social-network, network-science, link-analysis and dynamic network analysis perspective. Participants will be able to register for one or both Summer Institutes. For complete access to both Summer Institutes, select the combined registration option.
June 7-26, 2021
Dates and times for distributed sessions TBD. Livestreamed sessions will be recorded for other time zones.
The hands-on curriculum illustrates how to use these techniques to study social, organizational and policy issues.
Kathleen M. Carley, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, Director of Center for IDeaS
Rick Carley, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, Electrical and Computer Engineering
David Danks, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, Philosophy
Alex Davis, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, Engineering and Public Policy
Baruch Fischhoff, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, Engineering and Public Policy
Conrad Tucker, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, Mechanical Engineering
Osman Yağan, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, Electrical and Computer Engineering & Cylab
*Additional faculty TBA
Who can participate?
Participation is open to graduate students, faculty, and personnel from industry, education and government.
Where to register:
IDeaS Summer Institute only
Government/Military (with ID): $2,000.00
Combined IDeaS and CASOS Summer Institute
Government/Military (with ID): $3,000.00
*Please note: We accept checks, VISA and MasterCard for payment. Please make checks out to Carnegie Mellon University.
There are a limited number of scholarships for PhD students who are women and/or minorities from the US. Conference participants can apply for Graduate Student Scholarships during registration. Level of participation in the conference, need, and diversity will be considered when reviewing applications. Maximum scholarship awarded is $300 to offset cost of attendance.
About the Center for IDeaS
The Center for Informed Democracy & Social-cybersecurity (IDeaS) was founded at Carnegie Mellon University in 2019 with funding from the Knight Foundation. Led by Co-directors Dr. Kathleen M. Carley and Dr. David Danks, the goal of the Center for IDeaS is to enhance social-cybersecurity to preserve and support and informed democratic society. The use of social media to harm ranges from individuals using it for cyber-bullying, to extremist groups recruiting members, to states using it to encourage polarization and unrest. As more of our lives move online, we are increasingly challenged by hate speech, disinformation campaigns and extremism. IDeaS brings together a community of scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers to develop new theories, applications, educational practices, and policies to foster an informed democratic society in a cybermediated environment. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to be informed of seminars, conferences, and institutes hosted by the Center for IDeaS.