Camille François is the research and analysis director at Graphika, a network analysis company, where she leads a data science team focused on investigating social media threats. Prior to this, Camille worked as the Principal Researcher for Google’s Jigsaw, an incubator dedicated to building technology to tackle tough global security challenges and protecting vulnerable users from State-sponsored threats. There, she notably oversaw the group’s efforts on disinformation detection and violent extremism. Previously, Camille served as a special advisor to the chief technology officer of France within the prime minister’s office, led cybersecurity and human rights work for the Mozilla Foundation, and worked for Google’s market insights team on measuring the impact of digital advertising campaigns. As a scholar exploring the impact of technology on society, Camille has been affiliated for years with the Harvard Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society. A former Fulbright fellow and a current Mozilla fellow, Camille holds a masters degree in Human Rights from the French Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences-Po) and a masters degree in International Security from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Camille’s work has been featured in the Washington Post, Globo, Le Monde, Bloomberg Businessweek, and the New York Times.
Tackling today’s greatest social media threats
Researchers have been refining methods to detect fake accounts on social media for many years. But methods created to sniff out individual bots can fail to detect more sophisticated forms of manipulation—such as state-sponsored disinformation or harassment campaigns spanning thousands of accounts over many years.
Camille François, Chief Innovation Officer at Graphika, named as one of this year’s MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35, has been researching these issues and building towards solutions to these issues for years, through her work at Graphika, Google Jigsaw, the Harvard Berkman-Klein Center and Mozilla. “The techniques are always evolving, and we have to stay one step ahead.” In this talk, she will be sharing her latest findings, diving into today’s greatest social media threats and what we can do to solve them.