Building Psychological Resistance to Disinformation
Presentation by Victoria Romero, Ph.D.
This Event was held on May 3, 2018
Disinformation is nothing new, but the speed and reach of disinformation spread via social media is unprecedented. Disinformation is effective because it takes advantage of key vulnerabilities of human psyche. Technological advancements can help us ward off disinformation temporarily, but a long term solution requires that we foster a national psychological resistance to disinformation. This goes far beyond teaching critical thinking skills or providing tools to identify “fake news”. We need to build resilience to the emotional levels that give disinformation its power.
Bio – Victoria Romero, Ph.D.
Dr. Victoria Romero leads research programs focused on applying emerging research from data science, neuroscience and human behavior to improve our ability to assess, understand, predict, and influence behavior. She joined Next Century Corporation in December 2017 as Chief Scientist, to lead a portfolio of DARPA projects focused on using social science and data science to understand the transmission of information and social influence.
Prior to joining Next Century, Victoria was the Principal Investigator on an effort under DARPA’s Memex program to apply cutting edge data science to mine the dark web for evidence of illicit behavior. Previously, she was the PI on DARPA’s Narrative Networks program, pushing the neuroscience of influence, and the development of sensors and software to predict and assess the effectiveness of influence messaging. She was also the Principal Investigator of a multi-disciplinary effort under IARPA’s SHARP program to develop neuroscience-based interventions to improve reasoning and problem-solving capabilities. Additionally, she was the Principal Investigator on an effort for the Air Force Research Laboratories aimed at modeling and measuring optimal neural activity among cyber analysts and operators. She is on the faculty of the US Marketing Communications College, a course taught in a range of government agencies and NGOs to support the understanding and application of principles of persuasion science.
Victoria is an active member in the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Information Professionals Association (IPA). She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the Claremont Graduate University.
ANNAPOLIS JUNCTION, MD (December 6, 2017) – Next Century Corporation has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2018. The Employees’ Choice Awards program, now in its 10th year, relies solely on the input of employees, who elect to provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and companies via Glassdoor. Next Century ranked #3 in the Small to Medium Business category, competing against hundreds of thousands of companies in the entire United States.
“Glassdoor is an industry-leading, recognized source for information on a company’s culture and values. Next Century is thrilled to be recognized as one of Glassdoor’s Employee Choice Award recipients,” said John McBeth, CEO.
“We know today’s job seekers are more informed than ever about where they go to work, researching everything from company culture to career opportunities to pay philosophy and more. To help people find companies that stand out from the pack, the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards recognize employers that are truly Best Places to Work because they’re determined by those who really know best – the employees,” said Robert Hohman, Glassdoor CEO and co-founder. “Employers where employees love to work continue to prove that they have a recruiting and business performance advantage. We’re proud to celebrate the 2018 winners as we mark our tenth anniversary of the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards.”
On Glassdoor, current and former employees of companies worldwide can share insights and opinions about their work environments by sharing a company review, designed to capture a genuine and authentic inside look at what it’s like to work at particular jobs and companies. When sharing a company review on Glassdoor, employees are asked to rate their satisfaction with the company overall, and key workplace factors like career opportunities, compensation, benefits, work/life balance, senior management, as well as culture and values. In addition, employees are asked to describe the best reasons to work at their companies as well as any downsides.
“It would be easy to read some of the buzzwords [on our website] like ‘high performance’, ‘guiding principles’, and ‘software that saves lives’ and think [Next Century] a company that is just trying to sell on ideals. Next Century follows through with those ideals and acts upon them daily. The CEO and leadership drive these ideals and challenge employees to strive for them consistently. The honest and open communication is refreshing and the encouragement for growth and learning for employees is wonderful. The work is rewarding, the company values are honorable, and the mission is a noble one to save lives,” as stated in one Glassdoor review by an anonymous Next Century employee.
The Best Places to Work are determined using company reviews shared by U.S.-based employees between November 1, 2016 and October 22, 2017. To be considered for the small & medium category, a company must have less than 1,000 employees and have received at least 25 ratings across eight workplace attributes from U.S.-based employees during the period of eligibility. The final list is compiled based on Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, and takes into account quantity, quality and consistency of reviews.
About Next Century Next Century was founded as a direct result of the 9/11 attacks and provides solutions that integrate situational awareness, at a glance analysis, decision support, collaboration, and other core capabilities utilizing our expertise in data visualization, user interface design, GIS, image exploitation, and mobile computing. At Next Century, we are committed to growing our team of high performers to accomplish our mission of saving lives and protecting our country. We are not a body shop; we avoid staff augmentation, and we are totally committed to excellence in all that we do. Joining our team is not just a position, but a journey with a team of world class software engineers who share a passion for using their skills and experience to make a difference.
About Glassdoor Glassdoor is one of the largest and fastest growing job sites in the world today. Set apart by the tens of millions of reviews and insights provided by employees and candidates, Glassdoor combines all the jobs with this valuable data to make it easy for people to find a job that is uniquely right for them. As a result, Glassdoor helps employers hire truly informed candidates at scale through effective recruiting solutions like job advertising and employer branding products. Launched in 2008, Glassdoor now has reviews and insights for approximately 700,000 companies in more than 190 countries.
Learn about the mission to pursue international drug traffickers and how transnational criminal networks operate. Kevin Hartmann, President of the DEA Educational Foundation and Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Special Operations Division, revamped the collaborative process between DEA and the Intelligence Community resulting in an unprecedented level of information sharing and support. They will talk about the tactics and techniques used to capture some of the world’s most wanted fugitives and the best model for a joint Intelligence Community-Law Enforcement response.
On June 3rd, 2017 Next Century Corporation hosted a free event for 60 girls aged 8-14 to learn about technology and computers.
This event was initially created by Next Century in 2010 in an effort to educate young women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines. A valuable goal was to expose STEM at an early age to provide first-hand knowledge that can be applied to future career possibilities.
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Next Century is pleased to share that the company has been recognized on The Washington Post “Top Workplaces” list for the third consecutive year! In its fourth annual rankings, the Post highlights employers with the highest employee survey ratings in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. The Washington Post celebrated the 2017 Top Workplaces at an event on Thursday, June 15 and featured Next Century and the other winners in a special section of the paper on Sunday, June 18th. Well done, Next Centurions! For more information, visit The Washington Post.
”Think global, act local” is a common mantra that is equally applicable to national security. How so? Mike Rogers discussed the rapid changes of technology, the emergence of new (and old) national security problems, and how the nexus of technology and security will change the way we look at and interact with the world. From Russian information operations in Europe and abroad to China’s expansionist foreign policy, from conflict in cyber and outer space to economic development and innovation, challenges that seem far away have an impact here at home. He covered the issues from the lighter side to the sobering reality we now face, and chart a way forward.