Katie Joseff is the research manager of the Digital Intelligence Lab at Institute for the Future (IFTF). She works to investigate computational propaganda—the use of automation, disinformation, and algorithms to manipulate public opinion online—and the ethical implications of emerging technologies. At IFTF, she has conducted research on a wide variety of topics, including the “human consequences” of computational propaganda during the 2018 U.S. midterm elections—a series of eight studies on impacted social groups and issue-publics (e.g. Jewish Americans and immigration); the effects of false information on journalism and journalists; nuclear disinformation; psychological biases underlying propaganda; technology policy in the U.S.; and Ethical OS (a training series meant to illuminate future ethical risks related to technology).
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