Events

  • Undergraduate Open House

    Saturday, February 29, 2020

    10:00 AM-2:30 PM

    Gerri C. LeBow Hall 3220 Market St Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Prospective Students
    • Parents & Families
    Open Houses are a great way to explore academic offerings, meet faculty and current students, learn about extracurricular opportunities, tour the campus, and see if Drexel is the right place for you.
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  • MS in Information Webinar: "Online Collaboration and Other Dangerous Feats"

    Thursday, March 5, 2020

    12:00 PM-1:00 PM

    Online

    • Everyone
    Drexel University's College of Computing & Informatics presents its fifth event in its new monthly MS in Information Webinar Series:
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  • CCI IS Department Distinguished Speaker: Dr. Michael Nelson

    Monday, March 9, 2020

    11:00 AM-12:00 PM

    3675 Market Street Room 913 Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Undergraduate Students
    • Graduate Students
    • Faculty
    • Staff
    • Alumni
    Drexel College of Computing & Informatics' (CCI) Information Science Department presents Distinguished Speaker: 

    Dr. Michael Nelson on "Web Archives at the Nexus of Good Fakes and Flawed Originals"

    This free event is open to the Drexel community. Please RSVP at drexelcci.info/is39

    Abstract:

    "You’re in a desert walking along in the sand when all of the sudden you look down, and you see a tortoise..."

    The authenticity, integrity, and provenance of resources we encounter on the web are increasingly in question. While many people are inured to the possibility of still images being altered, the democratization of software to alter and synthesize audio and video will unleash a torrent of convincing "deepfakes" into our social discourse. The historical record will no longer be monopolized by institutions such as governments and journalism, but will become a competitive space filled with social engineers, propagandists, conspiracy theorists, and aspiring Hollywood directors. While the historical record has never been singular or unmalleable, it has seen neither this scale of would-be editors, nor with such skill.

    Web archives have a role to play in verifying the integrity and priority of resources. Unfortunately, web archives have a 1990s, ad-hoc approach to trust, interoperability, and audit. We implicitly trust the Internet Archive in the same way we used to trust email, Google, Apple, and Facebook. That we do not currently associate web archives with surveillance, spam, and subterfuge does not mean they are somehow impermeable in a way the other tools and services are not, it only means that the theatre of conflict has yet to encompass web archives. As the political, cultural, and economic stakes of disinformation rise, we can expect two primary changes.

    First, existing, trusted web archives will be attacked. Obvious vectors will be the machines and facilities themselves, but more subtle attacks will be pages designed to be archived, which then masquerade as different pages, obfuscating the provenance of otherwise untrustworthy sources.

    The second approach is the result of lowered cost, in terms of hardware and tools, to establish a web archive. When web archives were expensive, there were a limited number of known entities capable of running them. We now have a dynamic marketplace of web archives, many of which are short-lived, and most which are owned or operated by those with several degrees of separation in our friend-of-a-friend network.

    In summary, is that really an archived tweet from 2016 showing your favorite politician in an unflattering situation? Or is it a deepfake, injected into a trusted archive, and then replicated across several less well-known archives, all of which are secretly operated by the same entity?


    About the Speaker:

    Michael Nelson, PhD is a professor of computer science at Old Dominion University. He previously worked at NASA Langley Research Center from 1991-2002. Through a NASA fellowship, I spent the 2000-2001 academic year at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is active in the Open Archives community and is an editor of the OAI-PMH, OAI-ORE, Memento, and ResourceSync specifications. He has developed many digital libraries, including the NASA Technical Report Server. In 2007, he received an NSF CAREER award. His research interests include web science, repository-object interaction and digital preservation. Further information can be found at: https://www.cs.odu.edu/~mln/
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  • Computer Science and Software Engineering Online Open House

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    12:00 PM-1:00 PM

    Online

    • Everyone
    • Prospective Students
    Drexel University Online and the College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) are hosting an online open house to help you learn more about our online graduate programs in Computer Science and Software Engineering.
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  • Ciright Dragon Competition

    Thursday, March 12, 2020

    12:00 AM-12:00 AM

    Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship 3230 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Everyone

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  • Health Informatics Online Open House

    Thursday, March 12, 2020

    12:00 PM-1:00 PM

    Online

    • Everyone
    • Prospective Students
    Drexel University Online and the College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) are hosting an online open house to help you learn more about our online graduate programs in Health Informatics.
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  • CCI Day 2020

    Thursday, March 12, 2020

    3:00 PM-6:30 PM

    10th Floor Lobby 3675 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Undergraduate Students
    • Graduate Students
    The CCI Peer Mentors would like to cordially invite all current CCI undergraduate and graduate students to CCI Day 2020!

    CCI Day is a day to celebrate the people that make up our community, and offer CCI students an opportunity to unwind and have fun with their fellow classmates, professional staff, and faculty. CCI Day will be hosted in the 10th floor lobby from 3-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12. The event will include snacks, refreshments, games, a photo booth, and most importantly, an opportunity for members of the college to hang out and get to know each other.

    We are also hosting a MEME COMPETITION! The rules for the contest are as follows:
    • Meme must be appropriate for a large-scale audience including all students, faculty, staff, etc.
    • Memes that are mean-spirited or targeted at specific individuals/groups will be disqualified immediately
    • Meme must be related to Drexel/CCI in some way, shape or form

    Submissions are due by Wednesday, March 4th at 11:59pm. Submit your meme by emailing it along with your name to drexelmemecontest@gmail.com. Submissions will be narrowed down to five finalists by an impartial committee and then voted on via CCI social media the week of March 9. The winner will receive a Drexel sweatshirt.
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  • Women in Data Science Philadelphia Conference

    Friday, March 13, 2020

    8:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Quorum 3675 Market Street, Suite 400 Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Undergraduate Students
    • Graduate Students
    • Faculty
    • Staff
    • Alumni
    Women in Data Science (WiDS) Philadelphia is a one-day technical conference which provides an opportunity to hear about the latest data science related research and applications in a number of domains and connect with others in the field. The program will include technical talks, panel discussions, recruiting opportunities and several networking breaks throughout the day and will bring together local academic leaders, industry professionals and students. All genders are invited to attend WiDS regional events, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work.
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  • Graduate Open House

    Saturday, March 14, 2020

    11:00 AM-1:30 PM

    Drexel University Recreation Center 3301 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Undergraduate Students
    • Prospective Students
    Learn more about the College of Computing & Informatics' on-campus and online graduate programs at the University-wide Graduate Open House:
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  • MSI Webinar: “The Drexel Capstone Experience: Bringing LIS Education into Real-World Settings"

    Wednesday, April 22, 2020

    12:00 PM-1:00 PM

    Online

    • Everyone
    Drexel University's College of Computing & Informatics presents its sixth event in its new monthly MS in Information Webinar Series:
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