Engineering and Policy Development

Gianluca Stringhini on Mitigating Malicious Activity Online (RSM Speaker Series)

October 11, 2023

Berkman Klein Center
1557 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA

October 11, 12:00 PM–October 11, 1:00 PM

The Institute for Rebooting Social Media welcomes Gianluca Stringhini for a talk on the use of computational methods to mitigate malicious activity online.

Computational methods can play a key role in measuring, modeling, and mitigating malicious activities online.  RSM welcomes Gianluca Stringhini for a discussion with Visiting Scholar Joe Walther surveying his work on the migration of toxic online communities, detection of aggression and bullying on Twitter, and the emergence of Sinophobic web communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, among other important topics.

This event will be held at the Berkman Klein Center (room 515) from 12pm-1pm ET. Lunch will be served! In-person attendance is limited to Harvard ID holders, but the general public is invited to attend virtually via Zoom.

Gianluca Stringhini is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University, where he co-directs the Security Lab (SeclaBU). His research focuses on the analysis and mitigation of online malicious activity, including cyberattacks, malicious software, online fraud, misinformation, and cyberbullying. Gianluca holds affiliations with BU’s Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences, the Computer Science Department, the Center for Antiracist Research, and the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Policy & Research.

Joe Walther is a Visiting Scholar with the Institute for Rebooting Social Media. He holds the Bertelsen Presidential Chair in Technology and Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is a Distinguished Professor of Communication and former Director of the Center for Information Technology and Society. His research focuses on the impact of interpersonal and intergroup dynamics in the attitudes and behaviors people develop via mediated interaction, in personal relationships, groups, and inter-ethnic conflict.