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Dr Basu delivered a Keynote Lecture at the “IX SIMSIC-Simposio de Seguranca Informatica e Cibercrime”

7 June 2018 | Rebekah Bradley

Dr Basu delivered a Keynote Lecture at the “IX SIMSIC-Simposio de Seguranca Informatica e Cibercrime”

On 15 May Dr Subhajit Basu delivered Keynote Lecture at the “IX SIMSIC-Simposio de Seguranca Informatica e Cibercrime” organised by Lab UbiNET-Seguranca Informatica e Cibercrime, Instituto Politecnico de Beja. It is the largest Cyber Security Conference in Portugal.

Dr Basu spoke about the “post-truth” politics. He argued that “disinformation” or strategic deceit is by no means a new tactical phenomenon, and that we are surrounded by information that has been manipulated to attract attention and then, through publicity, generates and communicates a message designed to subvert a person’s autonomous decision-making and pervert their choices.

"If there is anything we have learned in the last year, it is that our cybersecurity defences are completely inadequate to cope with a disinformation campaign. Our policies have been focused on protecting computer systems and their data, not on protecting people's minds from the rampant misinformation planted on the networks relied upon by countless users. One thing is certain; disinformation presents a multifaceted problem which, having no single cause, has no single solution."

The lecture is based on Dr Basu’s research on the regulation of internet in post-truth world politics.

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