In this interview with Wasim Khaled, the Co-founder, and CEO of Blackbird, we will delve into the world of disinformation, its impact on organizations, and the role of artificial intelligence in combating this growing threat. Mr. Khaled is a computer scientist with extensive knowledge and experience in information operations, computational propaganda, behavioral science, AI, and their applications to defense, cyber, and risk intelligence. He has been a consultant and advisor to government agencies and Fortune 500 companies on the risks and mitigation of information warfare.

Below are the interview highlights:

Kindly brief us about yourself and your role as the CEO at Blackbird.AI

I am a computer scientist by profession and have studied information operations, computational propaganda, behavioral science, AI, and the applications of these combined disciplines to defense, cyber, and risk intelligence. I have also consulted and advised government agencies and Fortune 500 companies on the risks and mitigation of escalating information warfare.

Our CTO, Dr. Naushad UzZaman, and I co-founded Blackbird.AI as we both felt that disinformation was one of the greatest global threats of our time. As the CEO of Blackbird,

I lead a multidisciplinary team of artificial intelligence, intelligence, and national security experts to ensure that the platform we’re building is at the forefront of combating today’s media and market manipulation.

Please share your source of inspiration for exploring various facets of technology.

Since 2014, I have seen how easily falsehoods and conspiracies spread online and shift human behavior. But there weren’t any tools advanced enough to help organizations keep up or stay ahead of these risks.  The basic media monitoring tools available in the market today were built to mainly support marketing and customer support teams for social listening. However, they are insufficient to identify root sources and drivers of malicious disinformation-based threats.

This is why we developed Blackbird, leveraging advanced AI technology to provide customers with actionable insights. From there, our innovation continues to evolve to meet the needs of customers. For instance, Blackbird.AI has just announced RAV3N Copilot, a generative AI-powered solution for Narrative Intelligence and Rapid Risk Reporting that enables unparalleled workflow automation during mission-critical crisis scenarios.

Please brief our audience about Blackbird.AI and give us an overview of its standout solutions.

Blackbird.AI offers new, scalable technologies, empowering public and private sector organizations in APAC to quickly and effectively tackle disinformation. Essentially, our solution transforms reactive crisis management business into a proactive resilience practice and serves as an insurance policy against reputational and financial risk.

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