Public policy

Berkeley links up with Facebook, but wants to see tech giant’s accountability

Hany Farid and Alexei Efros, with the Facebook logo

5/17/2019 - Stung by bad press and government investigations, Facebook is investing $7.5 million in a partnership with three universities — UC Berkeley, Cornell and Maryland — to develop new methods to improve detection of fake content, fake news and misinformation campaigns. At Berkeley, the work will be led by EECS professors Hany Farid and Alexei Efros.

The science of war games

Collage of photos of participants playing war game

5/1/2019 Researchers have built an online, multi-player video game to explore how nuclear weapons influence decision making in a conflict.

Activism 2.0: Coding against sex trafficking

Thumbnail of video: Coding against Sex Trafficking

1/30/2019 - UC Berkeley's ongoing video series on the intersection of social activism and technology profiles recent CS doctoral graduate Rebecca Sorla Portnoff, who uses her computer security know-how to help catch sex traffickers.

Can the world change course on climate change?

Floating ice melting in the water

10/15/2018 - In an episode of the Knowledge‌‌@‌Wharton podcast, Berkeley professor of energy Daniel Kammen and Wharton's Brian Berkey discusses a new United Nations report warning that severe impacts of global warming are likely to occur by 2040.

Green energy is gold for California, U.S.

Workers installing solar panels on a roof

8/22/2018 San Francisco Chronicle - In an op-ed column, energy researcher Dan Kammen writes about why he believes California should — and ultimately will — pass into law the “bold goal” of 100 percent clean, zero-carbon electricity by 2045.

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