Carnegie Mellon University

Center for Informed Democracy & Social - cybersecurity (IDeaS)

CMU's Center for Hate Speech and Disinformation

IDeaS Center for Informed Democracy & Social-cybersecurity

Center Updates

IDeaS in the News:

  •  Director Kathleen M. Carley will be joining a panel and giving a talk "Social Influence and Disinformation in Cyberspace" at The 3rd Carnegie Mellon University Open Science Symposium Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Find more info here.
  • The IDeaS Center collaborated with Duquesne University for the Inaugural Grefenstette Symposium: Disinformation, Misinformation and Technology: New Ethical Challenges and Solutions on October 7thLearn more about the symposium here.
  • The IDeaS Center and the Block Center for Technology and Society will co-presented Combatting Disinformation One Month Before the Election: What State and Local Policy Makers Can Do with panelists Kathleen Carley and Yonatan Bisk on Tuesday, October 6th. See the video here.
  • Kathleen M. Carley sits down to talk to Dr. Nick van Terheyden on "The Incrementalist" to discuss social media and misinformation online. Follow this link for the full podcast.



Click link above or below for additional information for upcoming events the people of IDeaS Center are contributing to.




Recent Publications:

  • IDeaS Center had many publications accepted to the 2020 International SBP-BRiMS Conference.
    • Aman Tyagi, Matthew Babcock, Kathleen M. Carley, & Douglas C. Sicker, "Polarizing Tweets on Climate Change."
    • Joshua Uyheng & Kathleen M. Carley, "Bot impacts on public sentiment and community structures: Comparative analysis of three elections in the Asia-Pacific." 
    • Christine Sowa and Kathleen M. Carley, "The Russian Strategy for Interference and Influence on Reddit: An Analysis of Infiltrating New Social Media Platforms."
    • Catherine King & Daniele Bellutta & Kathleen M. Carley, "Lying About Lying on Social Media: A Case Study of the 2019 Canadian Elections."
  • Sumeet Kumar, Binxuan Huang, Ramon Villa-Cox, et al, "An anatomical comparison of fake-news and trusted-news sharing pattern on Twitter." Comput Math Organ Theory (2020).
  • Iain J. Cruickshank & Kathleen M. Carley, "Analysis of Malware Communities Using Multi-Modal Features."  IEEE Access, vol. 8, pp. 77435-77448, 2020,

Awards and Announcements:

  • We will have our first IDeaS Conference November 19-20, 2020. More details to follow. [Call for Papers]
  • Graduate Student Capt. Iain J. Cruikshank receives a doctorate for his thesis, "Multi-view Clustering of Social-based Data."
  • Graduate Student Lt. Col. David Beskow receives a doctorate for his thesis, "Finding and Characterizing Information Warfare Campaigns."
  • Graduate Student Sumeet Kumar receives a doctorate for his thesis, "Social Media Analytics for Stance Mining - A MultiModal Approach with Weak Supervision." 
  • IDeaS Center co-director Kathleen M. Carley was named in Guide2Research's 2020 Ranking of Top 1000 Scientists in the field of Computer Science and Electronics. Prof. Carley ranked 286 in the world ranking and 189 in United States. The full world ranking is available here; the full ranking for United States is available here. 
  • IDeaS Center co-director Kathleen M. Carley named in SAGE Ocean's 50+ women to follow in computational social science.

Past News

July 2020

  • Through guided research opportunities, students are exploring issues related to COVID-19 and other topics at CMU this summer. Prof. Kathleen M. Carley will lead a project course. Find more information here.

 June 2020

    • Wisconsin Public Radio conversation Kathleen M. Carley about how bots pushed to reopen the economy,
    • Kathleen M. Carley sits down with Julie Rose of "Top of Mind" on BYU Radio June 10th to discuss how Twitter bots are responsible for most tweets about COVID-19.
    • Center research is discussed in the article by Maya Shwayder in Digital Trends, "Researchers: Bots are spreading conspiracy theories about #blacklivesmatter". Read the full article here.
    • Director Kathleen M. Carley from Carnegie Mellon University speaks with ABC7's Kristen Sze about its use and power. Read the article here.
    • CASOS Summer Institute is virtual this year! Visit the Summer Institute webpage for additional details and updates.

May 2020

    • NPR interviews Kathleen M. Carley for their article, "Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots". Read article here.
    • MIT Technology Review Article, "Nearly half of Twitter accounts pushing to reopen America may be bots" discusses the research of Kathleen M. Carley and the IDeaS Center. Read full article here.
    • Kathleen M. Carley and M. Anthony Mills (R Street Institute) pen the article in The Fulcrum, "Our duty as citizens includes combatting pandemic's digital disinformation", read article here.

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

    • Director Kathleen M. Carley presents CASOS research at the NAS Surprise Resulting from Convergence Workshop in Washington, DC February 6th and 7th.
    • Director Kathleen M. Carley participates in panel in Oslo Norway Hacking Democracy: Influence Operations in the Digital Age hosted by Norwegian Defence Research Establishment on February 13th.
    • Director Kathleen M. Carley briefs the hill on CASOS research February 27th in Washington, DC.