Lena Frischlich at the MediaPsych 2019

Lena Frischlich at the MediaPsych 2019

From the 4-6th September, the 11th meeting of the German association of Mediapsychology takes place in Chemnitz. Research Group PI Lena Frischlich presents initial insights into the moderating role of generalized ideological attitudes for the credibility and effects of distorted news articles and takes part in the public expert discussion about “Trust in the media? Information in the age of social media platforms”. The conference program can be found here.

 

European Symposium Series on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science

European Symposium Series on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science

Research group PI Lena Frischlich visits this week the 2019 version of the European Symposium Series on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science (#euroCSS) where she had been invited as discussant for data & societies’ media manipulation team leader Prof. Alice Marwick from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Their session on Disinformation in Context: Understanding Qualitative Approaches to Social Media Manipulation opened the main event on tuesday, 3rd of September. But Frischlich also was part of the selection comitee for the “Dataset Challenge 2019 –Machine Behavior Datathon” the day before.

New article: “Extremist propaganda and the discussion about counter narratives”

New article: “Extremist propaganda and the discussion about counter narratives”

The article “Extremist propaganda and the discussion about counter narratives” by Lena Frischlich was published on the website of the Federal Agency for Civic Education. Here Lena Frischlich discusses the preventative use of counter narratives as a tool against extremist propaganda on the Internet. The article in german can be read here.

Digital Society – International Summer School 2019

Digital Society – International Summer School 2019

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Tim Schatto-Eckrodt participated in the International Summer School “Social Media as a Digital Agora for Arguments, Opinions, and Ideas?”, hosted by the Department of Social Psychology: Media & Communication at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. The 2nd interdisciplinary Summer School of the Digital Society research program funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia connect senior and junior scholars in workshops and lectures to outline a research agenda and develop specific research ideas. Tim Schatto-Eckrodt presented the topic of his dissertation “Conspiracy Theories in a Digital World: An old phenomenon in a new environment” in a poster session and participated in workshops held by Asst. Prof. Gina Masullo Chen and Prof. Shira Dvir Gvirsman.
Online dossier about digital desinformation published

Online dossier about digital desinformation published

Just in time for the European Elections, the German Federal Agency for Civic Education published a new dossier about digital desinformation.

Lena Frischlich contributed an article (in German) about the role of critical media literacy in this context.

In the article, she argues that four components are needed for democratic resilience in times of online desinformation: Awareness for the problem of polluted information, reflection of own media usage behaviours, and  empowerment of media users critically testing information they encounter in online-environments.

Beyond these more traditional dimensions of critical media literacy, she argues,  there is an urgent need for restoring and protecting trust in communication from journalists, scientists, and politicians.

The full article (in German) can be found here.

DemoRESILdigital at the Annual Meeting of the German Communication Association in Münster

DemoRESILdigital at the Annual Meeting of the German Communication Association in Münster

Today, the annual meeting of the German Commmunication Association (DGPUK) kicks off at the University of Münster with a packed programm full of cutting-edge communication research on topics such as integration, desinformation,  journalism today etc.

Partially together with colleagues from the PropStop project the brand new DemoRESILdigital team will:

  • give insights into risk factors for the exposure to and victimization by hatespeech: Lena Frischlich, Svenja Boberg, Tim Schatto-Eckrodt, Florian Wintterlin,& Thorsten Quandt: On the role of person characteristics and media usage patterns for the confrontation with hate speech and personal victimization in the net. (own translation)
  • discuss the thematic similarity of articles and user-comments in journalistic online media:  Tim Schatto-Eckrodt, Svenja Boberg, Lena Frischlich, Florian Wintterlin,& Thorsten Quandt: Title versus topic: Thematic similarities of journalistic articles and associated user-comments (own translation)
  • In addition, first insights into the German partisan pseudo-press – alternative media that mimic the appearance of journalistic outlets but do not adhere to norms of neutral and fact-oriented reporting – will be discussed: Felix Brinkschulte, Johanna Klapproth, and Lena Frischlich:“When you value the truth”: Integration of mainstream media and alternative pseudo-press offerings as sources of right-wing populist media makers (own translation).
New Team Member

New Team Member

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We welcome Tim Schatto-Eckrodt as new colleague in our team. From now on he works as a research assistant in the junior research group DemoRESILdigital.

Rudolf Augstein Foundation – re:claim public discourse!

Rudolf Augstein Foundation – re:claim public discourse!

On 22 February 2019, Dr. Lena Frischlich is invited to the symposium “re:claim public discourse!” in Hamburg organized by the Rudolf Augstein Foundation. At the conference, an expert audience with representatives of liberal democracy, consisting of journalists, academics, and NGO activists, will discuss how to deal with right-wing populist media strategies in the upcoming European elections in May 2019. The discussion will focus on what the media must pay attention to in the campaigns leading up to the European elections and what responsible journalism looks like. Dr. Lena Frischlich will present visions for journalism as a pillar of democratic resilience. The program and further information of the symposium can be read here.

 

Demoresildigital Team at school

Demoresildigital Team at school

The DemoRESILdigital Team was a guest at the Kardinal-von-Galen-Gymnasium in Hilrup. During a study day Dr. Lena Frischlich, Lena Adam and Felix Brinkschulte together with Dr. Christian Grimme, Dr. Friederike Hendricks, Dr. Katherine Engelke and Laura Badura were available to the students as experts on the topic “The new power of digital media”. In six different workshops on topics such as fake news, social bots, hate speech and extremist propaganda, the students learned how to deal with manipulative content in digital media. In a concluding panel discussion, the topic was also examined from a socio-political and ethical point of view by discussing the opportunities and risks of digital media and pointing out consequences, for example for journalistic work or the responsibility of each individual. A newspaper article about the study day can be read here.