Department of Computer Science

Thursday, September 30, 2004
B17 Upson Hall

Jeff Hancock
Cornell, Dept of Communication

Digital Deception: When, Where & How People Lie Online

Deception is one of the most significant and pervasive social phenomena of our age. At the same time, information technologies have pervaded almost all aspects of human communication and interaction. Given the prevalence of both deception and communication technology, an important set of questions have recently emerged about how technology affects digital deception. Do people use different media to lie about different types of things, or to different types of people? Are we worse at detecting a lie online than we are face-to-face? Can automated analyses reveal linguistic patterns that reflect deception? This talk will outline a program of experimental research addressing the production, detection and automated linguistic analysis of lying online.