Truth, Trustworthiness and Technology in Political Campaigns


Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm


Target Digital

Target Digital
100 Mathilda Pl Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Plenty of parking available under the building and on the street. Enter the glass lobby and take the elevator to the second floor conference room.

Jeff Hancock, Professor of Communication, Stanford University

Event Details



6:30 Doors Open, Food & Networking  
7:00 Presentation  
*** Please arrive by 7 PM due to building security ***

Event Details

Let's face it: people lie. We lie to each other and to ourselves. How is the rewiring of communication in the digital revolution changing how we lie and how we trust one another? How can we trust that online review, or that text message about someone being on their way? In this talk we’ll go over the state-of-the-art in deception detection research on how to spot a liar online, explore some new forms of deception, and examine how different technologies affect both how we lie and trust online. The talk reveals several key principles that can guide how we can think about deception and truth in this new digital age, and we'll address the issue of deception and trust in the current presidential election. 


Speaker Bio

Jeff Hancock is a professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University and the director of the Stanford Center for Computational Social Science. Hancock studies the psychology of social media, using computational techniques and behavioral experiments to examine deception and trust, emotional dynamics, intimacy and relationships, and social support. Hancock’s TED Talk on deception has been seen over one million times and he’s been featured as a guest on "CBS This Morning" for his expertise on social media. His research has been frequently featured in the popular press, including the New York Times, CNN, NPR, CBS and the BBC. Hancock worked for Canada Customs before earning his PhD in Psychology. Prior to joining Stanford he was a professor of communication and co-chair of information science at Cornell University. He currently lives in Palo Alto with his wife and daughter, and he regularly gets shot at on the ice as a hockey goalie.

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