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.
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.
In an interview with the radio station HR info, Lena Frischlich talked about disinformation and racism as challenges for community managers and the change in the quality of discourse in comment sections. The podcast can be heard here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Facebook and Instagram are opening up access to CrowdTangle to academics and the research community. We are pleased to anounce that DemoRESILdigital has been selected for academic access to public data on Facebook and Instagram by CrowdTangle within Facebook’s transparency initiative.