Message Board Bot Army Invasion

Online event - GDG Bronx
Fri, Aug 28, 2020, 5:00 PM (EDT)

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About this event

Join us via zoom for a fun night of learning, where we'll have Stuart from SimplyAnalytics join us to discuss a project of his where he combined data scraping, data science, and reverse engineering in order to invade a small message board with a bot army.

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Agenda:
5:00pm Connect to Zoom Conference
5:15pm - 6:15pm Presentation by Stuart Begley-Miller
6:15pm - 6:30pm - Thanks - Raffle Prize - Goodnight
6:30pm Goodnight

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Guest Speaker:
Stuart Begley-Miller, Data Engineer at SimplyAnalytics

Bio:
Stuart is a professional data engineer working at SimplyAnalytics. At SimplyAnalytics, he works on integrating with big data platforms and researches ways to make data more accessible to the general public. In his free time, he likes home renovation, spending time with his pets, and chasing small, esoteric side-projects in software development.

Talk Title: How to Simulate Friends & Influence Elections

Talk Summary: It's an unfortunate reality that bots are ubiquitous in our online lives in 2020 - but that doesn't mean we can't have fun with them. In this talk, I will discuss a project of mine where I combined data scraping, data science, and reverse engineering in order to invade a small message board with a bot army. My bots simulated existing users based on their post history while taking great care to hide their origin, leaving the community very confused - but also entertained. We will also briefly discuss how these sorts of techniques are scaled up in order to infiltrate broader online discussions, and the impact that this type of automation can have on society.

Github profile: https://github.com/shoeberto
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When

Friday, Aug 28
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)

Where

Online event

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