Or, how to empower yourself while Everything Is Happening All At Once.

The triggers

In the face of massive turmoil in America in 2020, confronted with the limits of my own knowledge and experiences, I turned to the only thing left that could help me make sense of the world — other people.

I’d been thinking about starting up a discussion/learning group (a la the French salons during the Enlightenment) ever since high school. …

Undergraduate research conducted by Aarash Heydari*, Janny Zhang*, Shaan Appel, and Xinyi Wu under Professor Gireeja Ranade in the University of California — Berkeley’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science department, as part of Misinformation Research at UC Berkeley (MRUCB).

The full paper (which includes the appendix) can be found at https://arxiv.org/abs/1907.00435.

* primary contributors.


We conduct a preliminary analysis of comments on political YouTube content containing misinformation in comparison to comments on trustworthy or apolitical videos, labelling the bias and factual ratings of our channels according to Media Bias Fact Check where applicable. One of our most interesting discoveries is…


UC Berkeley EECS ’19 → Google SWE. Interested in misinformation prevention, tech for social good, and education.

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