Nov 23rd // kl. 8.30 - 10.00 
Doors open at 8:20 for coffee and croissants 
MindLab, Slotsholmsgade 12, 1216 København K


Using digital technologies in the public sector holds the promise of innovation and therewith providing better services. However, what is deeply hidden and invisible is that technology is inherently biased by design. Drawing on different research examples this talk will examine the social consequences of digital technology and how it alters the citizen-state-relationship.

Come and discuss the implications for public governance with Martina S. Mahnke, researcher and lecturer at the IT University of Copenhagen. Martina is an expert in the field of digital technology and wrote her Phd on algorithms and the informed citizen.

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Echo-chambers, Botnets, and Hyperpartisan News: Evidence from the Brexit Debate // Talk by Marco Toledo Bastos
Dec 1st // kl. 13 // IT University of Copenhagen
Room 5A14-16 // No registration needed

In this talk we explore the Brexit debate on Twitter in the weeks leading up to the referendum vote. We discuss novel research uncovering a large network of Twitterbots that retweeted hyperpartisan news and disappeared from Twitter shortly after the ballot. We look into the occurrence of filter bubbles and show that echo-chambers are associated with homophily in the physical world, chiefly the geographic proximity between users advocating sides of the referendum campaign. The talk concludes with an overview of a proof of concept study that uses social media signal to identify ideological shifts in the British society.

Marco T. Bastos is Lecturer in Media and Communication at City, University of London and affiliate of Duke University's Network Analysis Center. His research sits at the intersection of communication and computational social science with a substantive interest in the cross-effects between online and offline social networks.
New book: Young people and the Future of News (Lynn Schofield Clark & Regina Marchi)

With social media, young people are finding out about news events from friends. When they are outraged or drawn into what is happening in current events, they are not only reading and viewing, but also sharing, immersing themselves in, and sometimes even creating news. And, it is changing the way young people define news. That’s according to the authors of Young People and the Future of News Lynn Schofield Clark and Regina Marchi, two journalism professors who studied diverse U.S. young people and their news habits for 10 years. (Full article)  

Latest DECIDIS research

From playground to salon: challenges in designing a system for online public debate (A. S. Løvlie) 

Abstract: This article brings together two separate strands of media research: Online comments and media design. Online comments have long been a topic of much concern, both among scholars and the public at large, fearing negative effects from phenomena such as echo chambers, filter bubbles and hate speech. This paper reports on a project by the Danish public service broadcaster Danmarks Radio, aiming to develop a system for online comments in line with the broadcaster's public service ideals. Through interviews and observations, I explore the challenges encountered by the project team as an empirical case study of cross-disciplinary design work intersecting the fields of design, journalism and new media. I discuss the challenges encountered by the project team in light of Domingo's model of audience participation, suggesting that the broadcaster's strategy represents a development from the "playgrounds" model to a "salon" model. Building on Löwgren and Reimer's work on collaborative media, I suggest some of the broadcaster's struggles point to a lack of adequate methods for balancing interaction design concerns with the concerns of mass communication and journalism. (Full article

Cloaked Facebook pages (J. Farkas) 

Johan Farkas joins the podcast Social Media and Politics to discuss his research on "cloaked Facebook pages" that spread propaganda through false identities. They talk about how cloaked Facebook pages have been used in Denmark to spread hate speech about Muslims, how a Facebook group of activists formed to combat these accounts by reporting them to Facebook, and what Facebook's response to the reports actually was. They also get into fake news and post-truth democracy in the age of social media, and why these terms might not best describe the current media environment. (Listen to the show


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