Fake News, Real News, and Disinformation: How it works, what to do about it

Presented at SAINTCON 2019, Oct. 23, 2019, 11:30 a.m. (30 minutes)

For the last few years, Fake News has become a buzzword, used in so many contexts that it's lost any precise meaning. Researchers in this area prefer to talk about Disinformation (or Propaganda, if nation states are involved). Having spent much of the last year working in these areas, I'll present my findings and some good research from others, along with recommendations, and fun examples.


  • Chris Larsen - Symantec
    Chris Larsen has decades of software development, natural language processing, and machine learning experience. At Symantec, he's an Architect and Research Engineer on the WebPulse threat research team, and a long-time security blogger. He loves looking at logs. He's spoken at RSA, ShmooCon, DerbyCon, HackCon, SaintCon, and other conferences. He cancelled his World of Warcraft account years ago, after realizing it was more fun to spend his gaming time hunting actual bad guys.


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