The Truth is Out There

Season 6: Episode 4

How can platforms stop disinformation that spreads like wildfire during elections? A record number of elections are taking place around the world in 2022. Voters’ social media feeds will be flooded with political, AI driven disinformation campaigns. Grassroots organizations are tackling the problem head on, aggressively tracking disinformation and hate speech and fighting AI with AI.

Published: August 29, 2022

Show Notes

Justin Arenstein is an investigative journalist based in Tbilisi, Georgia. He’s the founder of Code for Africa, an organization that works with newsrooms in 22 countries to track and combat the global disinformation industry.

Tarunima Prabhakar is based in Rishikesh, India. She’s the research lead and co-founder of an open-source project called Tattle, where technologists and researchers build machine learning tools and datasets to understand and respond to misinformation.

Sahar Massachi was a data engineer at Facebook in the US working with their civic integrity team to protect elections from interference. He’s now the co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Integrity Institute, an organization for people who work on integrity teams at social media platforms.

Raashi Saxena is in Bangalore, India. She coordinates global contributions to a crowdsourced dataset of online hate speech called Hatebase, through an initiative called the Citizen Linguist Lab run by the Sentinel Project in Canada.

IRL is an original podcast from Mozilla, the non-profit behind Firefox. In Season 6, host Bridget Todd shares stories of people who make AI more trustworthy in real life. This season doubles as Mozilla’s 2022 Internet Health Report. Go to the report for show notes, transcripts, and more.


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