I'm Gianluca Stringhini, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University and Junior Faculty Fellow at the Hariri Institute for Computing. I apply a data-driven approach to better understand malicious activity on the Internet and develop techniques to keep people safe online. I have published over 100 peer reviewed papers, and my work has been featured in publications including the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Wired.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been tracking health misinformation and it’s spread on social media using data science as part of my Focused Research Program at the Hariri Institute. I also study the spread of conspiracy theories and memes on online social networks, raids organized by trolls against other Internet users, cyberbullying, and malware. I'm here to answer your questions about misinformation, how it spreads on social media, and how it can impact public health and health biases.
Ask me: - What is the difference between misinformation and disinformation? - How does misinformation/disinformation spread online? - Do some social media platforms have more misinformation than others? - What makes memes go viral? - How can we identify fake news online? - How can social media platforms prevent the spread of fake news? - How does online misinformation impact society? - How does online misinformation impact public health? - Can online misinformation translate into in-person interactions/threats? - What are the top online threats we need to know about? - Have you noticed any patterns/trends with cyberbullying? - Have you noticed any patterns/trends with cyber abuse? - On an individual level, how can we protect ourselves against malicious online activity? - On a national level, how can we protect ourselves against malicious online activity? - What are the top consequences of health-related misinformation? - How do fringe/conspiracy communities develop and grow online?
Thank you everyone for writing in – it has been a great discussion! Unfortunately, I am not able to respond to every question, but I will plan to revisit the conversation later on! In the meantime, for more information about detecting and preventing misinformation, fake news campaigns, online threats and more, please follow me on Twitter at @gianluca_string.