In a few weeks, the article “Gefälschte Nachrichten, gefälschte Nutzer. Wie gefährlich sind Fake News und Social Bots?” written by Tim Schatto-Eckrodt, Svenja Boberg, Lena Frischlich and Thorsten Quandt will be published in the journal Politikum. As part of the issue “Smart Democracy” the article focuses the meaning of Fake News and Social Bots in the context of populism. Next to the definition of terms, the authors question also the spread and effectiveness of these current phenomena and discuss potential implications.
Felix Brinkschulte gave a lecture with the title “Disinformation in times of digital media” at the association “Bürgernetz” in Münster. He talked about Fake News as a current phenomenon and discussed definitions and particularly the functioning of political disinformation in times of digital media. In addition he exemplified potential risks, but also highlights opportunities for users in the digital world.
A new (German) bookchapter by Lena Frischlich discusses online-propaganda as multilevel phenomenon and highlights the need to stage the staging and effects of propaganda on the level of individuals, social groups and the digital society. The book can be downloaded here.
Frischlich (2018): Propaganda³. Einblicke in die Inszenierung und Wirkung von Online-Propaganda auf der Mikro-Meso-Makro Ebene. In K.Sach-Hornbach & B. Zywitz. Fake news, Hashtags, und Social Bots: Neue Methoden populistischer Propaganda.
Together with Prof. Dr. Gerd Vowe from Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf, Prof. Dr. Christopher Neuberger from Ludwigs-Maximilian University Munich, and Dr. Cornelius Puschmann from Has Bredow Institute Hamburg, Dr. Lena Frischlich dicussed ethics in the digital society at the “working group digital ethics” of the state chancellery Nordrhein-Westphalia at the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) in Bochum. Her talk focussed on “political manipulative communication as challenge for research and practice”.
Dr. Helen Landmann from the Department of Community Psychology from the FernUniversität in Hagen visited the DemoRESILTeam on May 17th. In the context of a joint colloquium together with the research field of online communication (Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt) she gave a guest lecture with the title “Can understanding emotions help to enhance a welcoming culture and to reduce radicalization?”.
Lena Frischlich and Felix Brinkschulte will participate in the 4th International Summer School, organized by the Department of Communication at the University of Münster in collaboration with Michigan State University (USA) and the University of California, Santa Barbara (USA). The summer school will take place from May 29th to June 3rd 2018 in Münster. Lena Frischlich will present a talk about “Propaganda3: Effects of online-propaganda on individuals, groups and the digital society” on Thursday, May 31st, 11.45 – 12.45. Felix Brinkschulte will present the topic “Political Pseudo-Press: political disinformation disguised as journalistic outlets” in a poster session.
In this year the conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) focuses on the topic „Voices“. Together with other researchers from the Münster Department of Communication (IfK) Lena Frischlich takes part with three contributions:
- Singling Out Voices in an Ocean of Noise
Svenja Boberg, Tim Schatto-Eckrodt, Lena Frischlich (University Münster)
- False Information—Real Problems? Online-Misinformation, Political Anger, Inefficiency, Trust and the Intention to Vote Populists
Lena Frischlich, Svenja Boberg, Tim Schatto-Eckrodt, Thorsten Quandt (University Münster)
- Empathy for Avatars: The Influence of Perceived Authenticity on Empathy and Behavioral Intentions
Daniel Roth (University Würzburg), Josephine Schmitt, Carola Bloch (University Köln), Lena Frischlich (University Münster), Marc Erich Latorschik (University Würzburg), Gary Bente (University Michigan)
Lena Frischlich will present our research program within the special section “Digital Society: Presentation of the NRW funding line graduate school and junior research groups” hosted by Caja Thiemm on Thursday, 10th of May, 11:15. In the parallel session about conflict communication, she and Svenja Boberg from the PropStop Project will present insights into the detection of fake accounts and social bots in participatory journalistic offerings, asking “Would the real reader please stand up?” The conference program can be read here.
Lena Frischlich participated at Germany’s largest Internet conference, the re:publica, which took place from 3 to 5 May in Berlin. She discussed in the panel “Digitale Öffentlichkeit – und was machen wir jetzt?” [Digital public sphere – and what do we do now?] together with Judith Simon, professor of ethics in information technology at the University of Hamburg, Konrad Lischka, who heads the project “Ethics of Algorithms” for the Bertelsmann Foundation and the hacker and speaker for the Chaos Computer Club Linus Neumann. The panel was moderated by Christian Stöcker of HAW Hamburg.
Image Credit: Graphic by Brinkschulte 2017
Felix Brinkschulte will participate at the DFPK18 (Düsseldorfer Forum Politische Kommunikation 2018). The conference is organized by master students of the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and enables young scientists to discuss their scientific projects in front of an audience. Felix Binkschulte will present his master thesis with the title “Online Networks of the Right. An exploratory study for the acquisition of digital structures with the initial point of the right-wing populist actor »AfD«.” The conference program can be read here.