Safety & Community Lightning Talks | Mobilizing Student Communities in the Global South to Build Civic Integrity Tools for Journalists

We present a case study of how to build and mobilize an Indian student community to develop trust and safety tools for journalists from The Sunday Times, recently winning a Google Research Innovator award and a Wikimedia Foundation grant. We describe the obstacles and roadmap to achieving a successful mobilization after training students from underserved communities through a Google-funded machine learning summer course to precipitate their interests in trust and safety and civic integrity towards serving public good by building that identified novel coordinated inauthentic behavior relating to pro-Russian disinformation and median narratives around the Ukrainian invasion and ultimately received awards from various organizations including WSDM a leading global research conference. It highlights an example of how the trust and safety community can tap into student expertise to build public tools to identify influence operations online.


Lightning talks are 5-7 minute talks grouped with other 5-7 minute talks across a 50 minute session. There will be time for Q&A after all of the lightning talks in a session.

Location Name
Seacliff A
Thursday, July 13, 2023
2:50 PM - 3:40 PM
Session Type
Lightning Talk
Session Themes
Partnerships, Research
No press
Will this session be recorded?