Samidh Chakrabarti

Director of Product Management

Facebook, US

Samidh Chakrabarti is Director of Product Management at Facebook where he focuses on enhancing civic engagement on the platform, including efforts to protect the integrity of elections. Before coming to Facebook, he was also the product lead for Google’s civic engagement initiative and was responsible for politics & elections features globally. Samidh has been working in the Civic Tech sector before it even had such a name, and holds graduate degrees in Public Policy from the University of Cambridge, in Modern History from the University of Oxford, and in Computer Science from MIT

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Preventing Abuse on Facebook During the 2018 US Midterm Elections

Last year, Facebook mobilised a massive cross-company effort to protect its platforms from abuse during the 2018 US midterm elections. In this talk, Facebook will provide a behind-the-scenes look at their efforts, which included developing new graph modeling techniques to identify coordinated attempts at manipulation, new systems to combat voter suppression in real-time, and new transparency requirements to bring more authenticity to political speech. They will also outline some of the tough challenges and open research questions that remain as they take on increasingly sophisticated adversaries and try to scale these civic integrity measures to elections around the world.