Construing the other in a deepfake and infodemic era: A discussion with youth



État de publication: Publiée (2022 )

Type de présentation: Conférence

Nom de la rencontre: 24th international congress of personal construct psychology

Lieu: Padua, Italy


Résumé: In her talk, Naffi will share the preliminary results of the research project she leads to investigate how youth construe themselves and the Other in a deepfake and infodemic era. Funded by Canadian Heritage and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)'s Joint Initiative for Digital Citizen Research, this project examine youth' perception of the influence of disinformation, namely the deepfake phenomenon, on critical issues that matter most in our time and of their agency to counterbalance it. According to the WHO, the COVID-19-related infodemic is just as dangerous as the virus itself. Rumours, myths, and exaggerated facts fuel new forms of phobia of the Other, online, and offline. Many people of Chinese or East Asian origin were insulted, assaulted, or denied services. Religious, minority and elite groups were blamed online for its spread. Deepfakes, a specific form of disinformation that uses machine-learning algorithms to create audio and video of real people saying and doing things they never said or did, are moving quickly toward being an important vehicle of disinformation. It's expected that people will use deepfakes to cyberbully, spread hate speech, and incite violence, to name a few. Detecting and fighting this form of disinformation is of the utmost urgency.

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