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.
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.
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).
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.