Global Studies Colloquium: "When conspiracy ideas take hold"

Wednesday, May 12 at 12:30pm

The Department of Global Studies' Colloquium Series is a lecture series, which has been made possible by the generosity of the Orfalea Endowment for the Master's Program in Global Studies.  The Colloquium Series strives to open and explore a wide range of interdisciplinary debates and their interaction and engagement with the global, hosting new guest speakers each quarter from UCSB and beyond.  The upcoming event will be hosted via Zoom on Wednesday, May 12th at 12:30pm. Zoom link is (Meeting ID: 842 4656 4996). Please see below for the featured talk:


Wasim Khaled, When conspiracy ideas take hold

What matters is not just the role of bots in social media but also what happens when the flywheel of conspiracy gets started with bots/manipulation and when the ideas take hold: much like Covid-19 they spread through communities fast and are very difficult to eradicate. The most pervasive narrative around the Capitol raid, that the ‘unwashed masses’ are easily taken by tin foil hoaxes, is a harmful one in that it misses that a very large portion of those charged were CEOs, doctors, lawyers and other ‘upstanding members of society’. The tumor has metastasized further than most realize and now requires only small bumps to keep growing.


Wasim Khaled is CEO and co-Founder of Blackbird.AI. He is a serial entrepreneur with a background in computer science and human interface design. He has consulted and advised governments, policy makers and corporations around the world on the nature of modern disinformation warfare and how these threats can be addressed. He has built companies spanning the software engineering, AI, marketing and ad tech sectors. He has 15 years of experience with Fortune 500 companies, built one of Inc 500's Fastest Growing Companies in America and was awarded Inc. 500's Asian Entrepreneur of the Year.

For more information about the Colloquium Series, please contact Professor Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Global Studies Colloquium Director:

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Target Audience

Graduate Students, Faculty & Staff


Social Sciences


global studies, colloquium, current


Global Studies
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