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Misinformation in a Technology Era

How has social media accelerated the reach and influence of misinformation and disinformation campaigns? An expert panel discusses the unique impact social media platforms have on the dissemination of misinformation, the potential ban of the popular social media application TikTok and potential policy solutions and intelligence tools.

Technology entrepreneur Bryan Jones will explore the history of information warfare and deception campaigns in politics and elections. Joining him is cybersecurity expert Chris Bronk, whose research interests and background are at the intersection of technology, national security issues and public policy. Dean Jim Granato will moderate the virtual conversation. Tune into the Hobby School’s Facebook, X and YouTube channels at noon on April 30.

About the Panelists

Chris Bronk is an associate professor at the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston. His research interests are at the intersection of technology, cybersecurity and policy. 

Bryan Jones is a technology expert, adjunct professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and The University of Texas School of Law, and Cybersecurity Fellow at the Robert Stauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching areas are propaganda, deception and manipulation in the technology era.

About the Moderator

Jim Granato is the dean and a professor at the Hobby School of Public Affairs. His teaching and research interests are political economy, policy analysis, econometrics and statistical modeling. 


The Hobby Hour is an interactive discussion about public policy and politics hosted by the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston. Watch the show on the Hobby School's YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels.