TOPIC: Fighting Abuse and Security

Fighting Abuse @Scale 2018

APRIL 25, 2018 @ 8:30 AM PDT - 6:00 PM PDT
Fighting Abuse @Scale brings together engineers, data scientists, product managers, and others fighting fraud, spam, and abuse on the internet at scale.


Fighting Abuse @Scale brings together engineers, data scientists, product managers, operations specialists, and others fighting fraud, spam, and abuse on the internet at massive scale. At this one-day conference, practitioners will hear presentations on state-of-the art technologies used to protect people on the internet and have the opportunity to discuss abuse fighting with like-minded people from around the industry.

The conference builds on the successful Spam Fighting @Scale conferences of May 2015 and November 2016, and will feature speakers from Facebook, LinkedIn, Airbnb, Microsoft, and others, talking about recent advances in stopping bad guys on the internet. In this iteration we will focus particularly on techniques and experiences with artificial intelligence and machine learning in abuse fighting.

The invitation-only event will feature invited talks, a happy hour, and a “birds-of-a-feather” lunch where attendees can join organized discussions around a particular subtopic of abuse fighting.


Event times below are displayed in PT.

April 25

08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Registration & Breakfast
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Welcome and Open Remarks
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Session 1: Combating misinformation at Facebook
Speaker Michael McNally,Facebook
Speaker Lauren Bose,Facebook
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Session 2: Preventing abuse account creations using machine learning
Speaker Dana Kaufman,Microsoft
Speaker Maria Puertas Calvo,Microsoft
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Session 3: On the Effects of Civil Interventions
Speaker Stefan Savage,
11:45 AM - 01:30 PM
Lunch, with "Birds of a feather" Tables
01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Session 4: Measuring the performance of fake account models
Speaker Jenelle Bray,LinkedIn
Speaker Carlos Faham,LinkedIn
02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Session 5: Disrupting adversarial infrastructures with honeypots
Speaker Nektarios Leontiadis,Facebook
02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Session 6: How to Successfully Harness Machine Learning to Combat Fraud and Abuse
Speaker Elie Burzstein,Google
Speaker Abhi Chauduri,Google
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Session 7: The story of a URL
Speaker Michelle Ganbaum,Facebook
Speaker Benjamin Braun,Facebook
04:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Session 8: Fighting financial fraud with Targeted Friction
Speaker Dave Press,Airbnb
04:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Session 9: Judging ads & posts by their neighbours: Label propagation through semantic image clustering with billions of images
Speaker Nathan Hurst,Facebook
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Happy Hour


Michael McNally


Lauren Bose


Dana Kaufman


Maria Puertas Calvo


Stefan Savage

Jenelle Bray


Carlos Faham


Nektarios Leontiadis


Elie Burzstein


Abhi Chauduri


Michelle Ganbaum


Benjamin Braun


Dave Press


Nathan Hurst

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