This half-day graduate workshop facilitated by Joan Donovan, Digital Media Manipulation Lead at Data and Society, will focus on how to study the tools and techniques of digital extremism. The workshop will be coordinated with Dean Bill Maurer’s NSF-funded Technology, Law and Society interdisciplinary group of graduate students. Graduate students will also work with Dr. Donovan on drafting a curriculum and a set of practical, hands-on exercises for use in the classroom.

Open to all interested graduate students. Space is limited to 30 students. Please contact to RSVP.



Part of the Digital Extremism: Understanding and Confronting the Alt-right’s Digital Toolkit series:

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. Almost overnight, political advisors, scholars, data analysis professionals, and the social media platforms themselves realized they needed a crash course in the use and abuse of the marriage between predictive analytics and digital content. Through a series of activities and programs on campus featuring a noted expert in digital media manipulation; a graduate student workshop to create curricular modules; a grant-writing workshop; and the development of a new undergraduate course on digital media manipulation, we will give students the tools they need to understand how digital disinformation is created and spreads online, to inoculate themselves against its effects, and ultimately to encourage a responsible digital civics for the social, mobile, always-online connected world in which everything—including our political discourse—now lives.

A Series of Events featuring Joan Donovan, Digital Media Manipulation Lead, Data and Society

April 4-6, 2018

School of Social Sciences | Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science
Office of Inclusive Excellence Confronting Extremism Initiative

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