CLA Hale Lecture Series - Daniel Susser

Wednesday, November 13th

3:30-5:00 PM

Eastman Hall

Room 2000

 

 

Daniel Susser

Pennsylvania State University

College of Information Sciences and Technology

 

Online Manipulation

Privacy and surveillance scholars increasingly worry that data collectors can use the information they gather about our behaviors, preferences, interests, incomes, and so on to manipulate us. Yet what it means, exactly, to manipulate someone, and how we might systematically distinguish cases of manipulation from other forms of influence—such as persuasion and coercion—has not been thoroughly enough explored in light of the unprecedented capacities that information technologies and digital media enable. In this paper, we develop a definition of manipulation that addresses these enhanced capacities, investigate how information technologies facilitate manipulative practices, and describe the harms—to individuals and to social institutions—that flow from such practices. We argue that at its core, manipulation is hidden influence—the covert subversion of another person’s decision-making power. We argue that information technology, for a number of reasons, makes engaging in manipulative practices significantly easier, and it makes the effects of such practices potentially more deeply debilitating. And we argue that by subverting another person’s decision-making power, manipulation undermines his or her autonomy. Given that respect for individual autonomy is a bedrock principle of liberal democracy, the threat of online manipulation is a cause for grave concern.

 

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Event Snapshot
When and Where
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
George Eastman Hall
Room/Location:
2000
Who

Open to the Public

Cost
FREE
Interpreter Requested

No

Topics
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cybersecurity
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