Program Participant

Name:Richard Canevez
TitleCompany:Postdoctoral Scholar, School of Communication and Information, University of Hawaii At Manoa, USA
Bio:Richard Canevez is a currently postdoctoral scholar with the Computing Innovation Fellows program, hosted in the School of Communication and Information at the University of Hawaii – Manoa, and will be an assistant professor at Michigan Technological University in January. He completed his Doctorate in Information Sciences and Technology at Pennsylvania State University, and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at the University of Michigan. He was previously an Artificial Intelligence researcher, tech entrepreneur, and software engineer. His research focuses are on the technological aspects of resistance and conflict, social informatics, and social media.
Title:You can find Richard in:
Sunday, 15 January 202315:30–16:45What Makes a Difference? The Impact of ICTs on DevelopmentMPCC, South Pacific 4PTC23PROGRWS_DEV
Tuesday, 17 January 202308:30–09:45SecurityMPCC, South Pacific 4PTC23PROGRTS_SECURITY


Award:2023 Meheroo Jussawalla Research Award Winner
A key challenge facing Western policymakers and professionals in the telecommunications and digital media industries is the use of digital information to further adversarial state’s political agendas as part of a broader war effort through “information disorders” like disinformation and malinformation. These efforts create and exploit differences and divides in society to weaken the capacity for resistance, to which scholars, policymakers, and professionals are exploring countermeasures to these efforts juxtaposed against the need to preserve broader democratic ideals. The known need for the development of a unified strategic concept to develop and coordinate effective countermeasures motivates cross-disciplinary reviews of current and proposed countermeasures as well as the use of common theoretical lenses. In this article, I use Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s notions of smooth and striated space to explore current and proposed information disorder countermeasures arranged along offensive, defensive, and supporting approaches. This analysis highlights opportunities to develop coherence across these categories of approaches that reflects the information’s impulse to flow across borders and boundaries (geo-political, social) that are fundamental to information disorder’s power, and the broader implications for society that political information disorder and corresponding countermeasures portend.