Lying Then and Now: The New Rules of Deception and Trust

Jeffrey Hancock – Stanford University

Let’s face it: people lie. We lie to each other and to ourselves. Certainly politicians on both sides of the aisle simply seem far less truthful these days. How is the rewiring of communication in the digital revolution changing how we lie? How can we trust that online review, or that text message about someone being on their way?
In this talk we’ll go over the state-of-the-art in deception detection research on how to spot a liar online, explore some new forms of deception, and examine how different technologies affect both how we lie and how we trust online. The talk reveals several key principles that can guide how we can think about deception and truth – and why people have been lying for literally thousands of years.