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Lena Frischlich in Bilbao: XI Congreso Internacional de Ciberperiodismo

Lena Frischlich in Bilbao: XI Congreso Internacional de Ciberperiodismo

DemoRESILdigital PI, Lena Frischlich, opens the eleventh international congress of online journalism (XI Congreso Internacional de Ciberperiodismo) in Bilbao in Spain with a talk about “Journalism between “alternative news media”, “fake news” and “social bots”: New actors and opportunity structures for manipulation in shared media spaces”. For media announcements, see The World News, eitb.eus or europa press.

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.
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.

Interview: hate in user comments

Interview: hate in user comments

On the occasion of the “Safe Internet Day 2019”, Dr. Lena Frischlich was interviewed by the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung on the subject of hate in user comments. In addition to the classification of different forms of hate and possible reasons why hateful comments are published, the focus was on the handling of hate in user comments. In particular, the effectiveness of countermeasures such as counter speech or the implementation of an obligation to use clear names in social networks was discussed. The full article can be read here.