讲座：Perverse Ethical Concerns: Online Platforms and Offline Conflicts
题 目：Perverse Ethical Concerns: Online Platforms and Offline Conflicts
嘉 宾：Allen Vong 客席讲师 澳门大学
主持人：Lim Xi Zhi 助理教授 上海交通大学安泰经济与管理学院
We study a model where many citizens learn a hidden state individually on an online platform. The platform slants news and imperfectly filters misinformation, triggering conflicts about the state among the citizens. We show that a platform that faces an ethical concern to internalize conflict costs could perversely aggravate conflicts. This cautionary observation highlights that popular societal efforts to mitigate conflicts, such as investments in ethical algorithms, public awareness campaigns, and government policies, are effective if and only if their implementations are sufficiently aggressive.
Allen Vong is UM Macao Fellow in Social Sciences at the University of Macau. He received his PhD in economics from Yale University. He obtained his undergraduate degrees in economics and in mathematics at the University of Melbourne. Allen’s research has focused on repeated games, dynamic games and information economics.