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Confronting Digital Media Manipulation and Extremism: A Dialogue with Dr. Joan Donovan


Dr. Joan Donovan, Data&Society, Digital Media Manipulation Lead and Associate Dean Paul Dourish, UCI Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science; Professor Tom Boellstorff, Anthropology, Moderator

Thursday, April 5
3:30-5:00 p.m.
CalIt2 Auditorium

Recent elections in western industrialized democracies have been marred by accusations of interference by concerted social media campaigns that targeted specific demographic categories of voters with disinformation and propaganda. How is digital disinformation created and spread online? How can we inoculate ourselves against its effects? How can we use the current crisis of trust in digital media, and the role of disinformation in dividing society, to develop a more responsible digital civics? Dr. Joan Donovan of Data&Society will discuss her work as the lead researcher for digital media manipulation and digital platform accountability with Professor and Associate Dean Paul Dourish, Department of Informatics. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Tom Boellstorff, Department of Anthropology.

Free and open to the public. No RSVP required. Please contact gianna@uci.edu if you require any additional information.