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Disinformation is a quintessential socio-technical challenge – it is driven fundamentally by people and amplified significantly by technology. As such, technological solutions alone will not be sufficient in addressing this key national security challenge – technical advancements in identifying and mitigating the spread of disinformation must be tightly coupled with social interventions in the areas of education, training, and ethics.

In this talk, Nadya Bliss discusses what an interdisciplinary research agenda for tackling the challenge of disinformation could look like, along with the benefits and challenges of truly interdisciplinary research. Bliss also provided examples of current research that bring experts from different disciplines together to develop systemic responses to the problem. Click link for Slide Deck.

Events

February 8, 2022,

Dr. Jamie Gorman, Associate Professor in Engineering Psychology at Georgia Tech University, will discuss his research on team performance in complex sociotechnical settings, presenting the view that development, validation, and transitioning of real-time team modeling languages and metrics are at the forefront of next-generation human-AI-robot systems.

February 10, 2022,

Dr. Adolfo Escobedo, Assistant Professor in the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence at Arizona State University, will discuss his research on various methods to improve the outcomes of crowdsourcing, including integration of machine learning techniques.

ASU expert Nadya Bliss highlights role of computing research in addressing climate change-induced challenges.

ASU tackles the problem of fixing software vulnerabilities through micropatching.

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has released a new whitepaper on Computing Research for the Climate Crisis, coauthored by Nadya Bliss (Arizona State University), Elizabeth Bradley (University of Colorado Boulder), and Claire Monteleoni (University of Colorado Boulder), to highlight the role of computing research in addressing climate change-induced challenges. Six key areas of impact in which these challenges will arise—energy, environmental justice, transportation, infrastructure, agriculture, and environmental monitoring & forecasting—are outlined, and then specific ways in which computing research can help address them are identified.

As the tide of cyberattacks continue to rise, so does the need for digital defenders who understand how their adversaries think. At a competition organized by the Global Security Initiative, aspiring and professional cybersecurity experts find their glory through real-world hacking challenges.

The cybersecurity workforce gap continues to grow, with hundreds of thousands of jobs left vacant. What can we do?

Researchers at Arizona State University are finding policy and technology solutions to protect our growing infrastructure, from incentivizing cybersecurity and strategizing international influences to creating smaller software patches and empowering software systems to protect themselves.