- February 13, 2019
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
It's not easy navigating what's true in a post-truth world. The constant barrage of information enabled by the internet and the 24-hour news cycle is not only disorienting, but has made it difficult to discern news from opinion and fact from fiction. In the era of fake news, Reddit conspiracy theories, and social media echo-chambers, we've been forced to re-examine our relationship with the truth.
Join Stanford's social media expert, Jeff Hancock, and Director of the Trust Project, Sally Lehrman, as they examine the erosion of truth online, how our psychological and social dynamics impact our culture, and what we can do to rebuild our collective grasp on the truth.
Jeff Hancock is a Professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University, Founding Director of the Social Media Lab and Director of the Stanford Center for Computational Social Science. Professor Hancock works on the psychology of social media to examine deception and trust, emotional dynamics, intimacy and relationships, folk theories and well-being.
His TED Talk on deception has been seen over 1 million times and he's been featured as a guest on CBS This Morning for his expertise on social media. His research has been frequently featured in the popular press, including the New York Times, CNN, NPR, CBS and the BBC.
Professor Hancock was a Customs Officer before earning his PhD in Psychology. He currently lives in Palo Alto with his wife and daughter, and he regularly gets shot at as a hockey goalie.
Sally Lehrman founded and directs the Trust Project, an international consortium of news outlets implementing a transparency standard for journalism to help the public-and news distribution platforms-identify quality news out of the hubbub online. She was named one of MediaShift's Top 20 Digital Innovators in 2018 for this work.
An award-winning reporter on medicine and science policy with an emphasis on coverage of social diversity, her honors also include a Peabody Award, duPont-Columbia and the John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University, among others. Sally's byline credits include Scientific American, Nature, Health, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Salon.com, and The DNA Files, distributed by NPR. Her book, News in a New America, argues for an inclusive US news media.
She is senior director of the Journalism Ethics Program at Santa Clara University's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and is Science and Justice Professor at the UC-Santa Cruz Center for Science and Justice. Senior editors from nearly 75 news organizations connected user wants and needs to journalism values in creating the Trust Indicators and dozens of sites are now implementing them.