Friday Five: Social Trust

This semester, I am teaching Museum Informatics at the Harvard Extension School. Informatics is one of my favorite courses to teach – we cover data collection and use, visualization, and tech ethics. Teaching helps me focus my thoughts, talk through new ideas and theories, and explore various uses of technology application. I am also forced to confront and remain curious about the dark side of technology. With the release of Netflix’s The Great Hack and other news / media events, there is no escaping these conversations.

Rather than point fingers and lay blame, I desire to learn more about the behaviors and motivations of the people on the receiving end of false news and highly influential communications. This has led me down the path of exploring the concept of ‘social trust’ – So, here are my top five thought starters of the week:

  1. Podcast: The Hidden Brain – July 22, 2019 (51 mins): Facts aren’t enough
  2. Tweet: @RyanHoliday – July 24, 2019: “Where the head goes, the body follows. Perception precedes action. Right action follows the right perspective.”
  3. Article: Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments by Justin Kruger and David Dunning, Cornell University
  4. Book: Social Contract Theory by M. Lessnoff
  5. Video: The Great Hack (doc) on Netflix + Bonus: (Wired UK) Netflix’s The Great Hack skewers Cambridge Analytica, but misses the real targets
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