Keynote: The rise of the weaponized AI propaganda machine

Silicon Valley spent the last 10 years building digital addiction machines. And during the 2016 U.S. Election, Russia, Trump and their allies hijacked them. All across Europe, elections have been targeted by Russian propagandists determined to aggravate underlying cultural divides. Alt-right data & AI strategists at Cambridge Analytica are targeting democracies in India, Australia, Kenya, and South America. As platforms struggle to determine their role in the new emerging world order, our biggest strategic advantage as technologists has become fluency in three areas: The motivations and behavior of the international actors at play, a systems understanding of the political and economic drivers of technology, and a deep focus on how to protect the tools that we build every day.