Trust & Safety Events

This page aims to connect trust & safety professionals to workshops, seminars, and events that are relevant to their practice; some are hosted by TSPA and TSF, while others are not. All listed events are open to the public unless otherwise noted, and are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, please check the full event details linked at the bottom of each listing.

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  • #Disinfo2021 Annual Conference

    October 26, 2021 – October 27, 2021

    EU Disinfo Lab’s annual 2-day conference in Brussels will cover topics such as ‘Disinfo for hire: micro-influencers, troll armies, and influence buying in the modern disinformation economy’, ‘Measuring the impact of disinformation’, ‘How should platforms tackle disinformation in global political speech?’, ‘Climate Change and Anti-Science Disinformation’ and ‘Facing Disinformation as a Cybersecurity Threat’ among other panel discussions.

  • Online terrorist financing: assessing the risks and mitigation strategies

    October 28, 2021

    For this Tech Against Terrorism & GIFCT webinar, we investigate terrorist use of the internet for financing purposes and the challenges it represents to the existing global counter terrorist financing framework. Together with an expert panel, we will examine how terrorists and violent extremists exploit not only financial and payment services, but also social media platforms and online marketplaces, to raise funds online. We will also examine how tech companies can respond to this threat, and outline how the global counter terrorist financing framework could adapt to these emerging challenges.

  • Improving User Agency in E2EE Communication Services

    October 28, 2021

    People who use messaging services need to be able to exercise agency in how they communicate. This includes being able to manage privacy trade-offs and also to address unwanted or abusive content such as spam, mis- and disinformation, harassment, and sexually exploitative content.

    In the current debates around addressing child sexual abuse material (CSAM) in end-to-end encrypted (E2EE) environments, technical experts have proposed a variety of approaches to addressing abusive content, including user reporting, metadata analysis, and automated scanning of user-generated content.

    Given that there are many different kinds of users with unique needs and perceived risks to their online communications, how can we enable meaningful user choice and control around E2EE communications to address unwanted or abusive content?

  • Towards psychological herd immunity: Cross-cultural evidence for two prebunking interventions against COVID-19 misinformation

    October 28, 2021

    Misinformation about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a pressing societal challenge. Across two studies, we assess the efficacy of two ‘prebunking’ interventions aimed at improving people’s ability to spot manipulation techniques commonly used in COVID-19 misinformation across three different languages. We find that Go Viral!, a novel five-minute browser game, (a) increases the perceived manipulativeness of misinformation about COVID-19, (b) improves people’s attitudinal certainty (confidence) in their ability to spot misinformation and (c) reduces self-reported willingness to share misinformation with others. The first two effects remain significant for at least one week after gameplay. We also find that reading real-world infographics from UNESCO improves people’s ability and confidence in spotting COVID-19 misinformation. Limitations and implications for fake news interventions are discussed.

  • Power & Accountability in Tech

    November 1, 2021 – November 5, 2021

    The explosive growth of the tech sector has allowed private sector companies to amass an extraordinary amount of power, to the point where these entities exercise control over virtually every aspect of our day-to-day lives. In response, scholars, regulators, and civil society advocates have advanced a range of proposals aimed at boosting public accountability across this sector.

    This event will host a series of conversations aimed at framing our understanding of power and accountability in the tech space and generating common understandings of the goal of regulation in this space. The speakers will address a range of topics related to the consolidation of power and will reflect a diversity of perspectives on these vital issues.

  • Enhancing Leadership Support in Content Moderation

    November 3, 2021

    For TSPA members only, and geared towards managers of trust and safety teams.

    Content moderators arguably do one of the most important jobs on the internet, and their work is incredibly difficult. In the past years, the need for content moderation has exponentially grown as is the increased concern about their wellness and resiliency. Managers play a significant role in supporting team wellbeing and preventing the escalation of adverse reactions to disturbing content. This session will provide managers with a greater understanding and awareness of how to lead and develop resilient content moderators, spotting concerning signs that their team members may need wellbeing support, and equipping managers with the tools to have supportive wellbeing conversations.

  • Marquette University Ethics of Big Data Symposium

    November 4, 2021

    As algorithms increasingly automate decision-making processes, filter information flows, and mediate our social interactions, ethical concerns immediately follow. Questions of fairness, accountability, and transparency permeate the growing set of concerns around the social and ethical implications of algorithms. As a growing community of scholars grapples with the ethics of algorithms, how can their findings be applied by technologists engaged in machine learning and the cutting edge of AI development in order to minimize unintended bias and the risk of harm? Put simply, how can businesses apply algorithmic ethics?

  • Countering misinformation: A multidisciplinary approach

    November 4, 2021

    This session explores the concept of infodemics during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on the propagation of false or inaccurate information proliferating worldwide throughout the SARS-CoV-2 health crisis.

  • Race + Data Science Lecture Series: Danaë Metaxa

    November 10, 2021

    The DSI Race + Data Science Lecture Series aims to advance research in the areas of race and data, engineering, and computational science. This event features guest speaker Danaë Metaxa, Director, PhD Candidate, Computer Science, Stanford University.

  • Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference

    November 12, 2021

    The Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference is the premier educational event for in-house counsel and practitioners who work in or for Internet, e-commerce, mobile, social networking and cloud companies. Leading experts from industry, legal practice and academia will address current issues facing the industry and offer practical solutions for dealing with the many legal uncertainties that arise when doing business online. The program will feature a roundtable of general counsel from leading e-commerce companies.

  • Toxicity and verbal aggression on social media: Polarized discourse on wearing face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic

    November 19, 2021

    Medical and public health professionals recommend wearing face masks to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19). While the majority of people in the United States support wearing face masks as an effective tool to combat COVID-19, a smaller percentage declared the recommendation by public health agencies as a government imposition and an infringement on personal liberty. Social media play a significant role in amplifying public health issues, whereby a minority against the imposition can speak loudly, perhaps using tactics of verbal aggression taking the form of toxic language. We investigated the role that toxicity plays in the online discourse around wearing face masks. This talk examines what we discovered.

  • Nuts & Bolts of Encryption: Global Policy

    November 22, 2021

    Policy debates around encryption are evolving–especially around the world. Together with an expert panel, we will explore the evolving global policy landscape around encryption. The panel will include industry representatives who can speak to the competing demands companies face from policymakers who want strong online protections but weakened security, as well as the perspective from the privacy and human rights advocacy community. 

  • Race + Data Science Lecture Series: Jasmine McNealy

    December 8, 2021

    Platforms, apps, and other technology used by and deployed on us create persuasive environments. This talk advances the ecological approach to data governance by examining the interactions, relationships, and connections that design provokes in data systems. More importantly, this talk examines the role of policy in reshaping these persuasive systems with the goal of mitigating or stopping the possible harms from data collection.