“Trust in mediated communication”: 4th International Summer School

“Trust in mediated communication”: 4th International Summer School

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.

Lena Frischlich at 68th Annual ICA-Conference in Prague

Lena Frischlich at 68th Annual ICA-Conference in Prague

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)
DemoRESILdigital at the DGPUK

DemoRESILdigital at the DGPUK

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.

Discussion at the re:publica 18: “Digital Publicity – and what do we do now?”

Discussion at the re:publica 18: “Digital Publicity – and what do we do now?”

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.

Conference talk: Online Networks of the Right

Conference talk: Online Networks of the Right

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.

 
Published Article about Fabricated News

Published Article about Fabricated News

Image Credit: Snippet – Wissenschaft und Frieden, 2018(1), p. 44-45.

Svenja Boberg, Tim Schatto-Eckrodt (both working in the PropStop Project) and Lena Frischlich published an article about Fabricated News and the impact of such news on one’s political attitude. The full article can be read in the printed issue of Wissenschaft und Frieden 1/2018. A German-language abstract you will find HERE.

“Digital Society- and now?” Panel at the re:publica18

“Digital Society- and now?” Panel at the re:publica18

Lena Frischlich will participate in the panel “Digitale Öffentlichkeit – und was machen wir jetzt?” [Digital public sphere – and what do we do now?] at the re:publica18 (May, 2018). The panel is organized by Prof. Christian Stöcker from HSW Hamburg – a colleague from the PropStop Project.  They will discuss togehter with Linus Neumann from the Chaos Computer Club and Big-data ethics expert Prof. Judith Simon from the University of Hamburg how the digitalization impacts society.

New Chapter by Frischlich: Fake News and Social Bots: Detection, Effects, Combating

New Chapter by Frischlich: Fake News and Social Bots: Detection, Effects, Combating

Image Credit: https://www.vistas.de/kommunikationswissenschaft/622-oeffentlich-rechtlicher-rundfunk-in-zeiten-des-populismus.html (07.03.2018)

Dr. Lena Frischlich published a chapter with the title “Fake News and Social Bots – Recognition, effect, control” in the new book “German public service broadcasting authorities in times of populism. A Workshop of the Deutschlandradio together with the Institution for Information-, Telecommunication- and Media law (ITM)”, edited by Bernd Holznagel and Willi Steul. The book can be ordered here.

 

Teaching the Teacher: Workshop “Manipulation on the Internet”

Teaching the Teacher: Workshop “Manipulation on the Internet”

Image Credit: (CC) algogenius via flikr www.flickr.com/photos/59939034@N02/5476290868 (02.03.2018)

The “media competency framework North Rhine-Westphalia” is an instrument to foster media competency in manifold formal and non-formal educational contexts. It serves as reference frame for the implementation of firm requirements in future curricula. In addition, the media competency framework NRW can trigger important processes of school- and lesson development as he allows for the implementation and improvement of internal media concepts (see Medienpass NRW for a German description).
On march, 2nd 2018, Dr. Lena Frischlich and Dr. Christian Grimme hosted two workshops on “Manipulation on the Internet: (Media)education between Fake Accounts, Social Bots and Propaganda” at the huge mediapassport conference in Essen, Germany. There they presented relevant insights from the work of DemoRESILdigital and the PropStop project for educational practitioners. The German handout for the workshop can be downloaded HERE.