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The Spread of Viruses and Ideas in the Age of Echo Chambers: Laurent Hébert-Dufresne

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With the advent of the new science of networks, we now know how unequal and segregated our social networks are. This lecture will introduce this new science as well as two concrete examples. In the physical world, understanding social networks change how we fight diseases. In the virtual world, it highlights the feedback loop between the spread of new ideas and how we choose to interact; often leading to closed echo chambers and less dialogue. Laurent Hébert-Dufresne is an Assistant Professor of computer science at UVM.

Produced with facilities provided by Vermont Community Access Media.


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Monday, May 28, 2018

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