1455 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O
Montréal, QC H3G 1M8
The Center for the Study of Democratic Citizenship is happy to co-sponsor the event:
What is the FATE of platforms? Fairness, Accountability, Transparency and Ethics Under Review
Where and When: October 12, from 4 to 6pm. Room H1220, Hall Building, Concordia
- Tarleton Gillespie (MSR): Tarleton Gillespie is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, and an affiliated associate professor in the Department of Communication and Department of Information Science at Cornell University. He is the author of Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital Culture (MIT, 2007) and the brand new book Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions that Shape Social Media (Yale, 2018).
- Robert Gorwa (OII): Robert is a doctoral student in the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR). He is a political scientist with interests in platform governance and platform policy. With the project, his research focuses on both theoretical and policy-oriented approaches to social media manipulation. He’s interested in the various methodological approaches to studying bots, the history and theory of propaganda, and the contemporary technology policy and regulatory issues they raise. His writing on these topics, along with writing on technology and politics more generally, has been featured in Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, Wired (UK), Quartz, and other outlets. He began working with the project as a graduate student at the OII (completing a MSc).
- The Data & Society Media Manipulation Team (Joan Donovan, Becca Lewis, Brian Friedberg, and Leon Yin, Kinjal Dave, Brit Paris): The Media Manipulation Initiative (MMI) examines how different groups use the participatory culture of the internet to turn the strengths of a free society into vulnerabilities, ultimately threatening expressive freedoms and civil rights. Efforts to exploit technical, social, economic, and institutional configurations of media can catalyze social change, sow dissent, and challenge the stability of social institutions. Broadly, this initiative takes a sociotechnical approach to understanding the social, political, and economic incentives to game information systems, websites, platforms, and search engines—especially in cases where the attackers intend to destabilize democratic, social, and economic institutions. Through empirical research, we identify the unintended consequences of socio-technical systems and track attempts to locate and address threats, with an eye towards increasing organizational capacity across fields, so that action can be taken as problems emerge.
All are welcome!
This event is co-sponsored by the CSDC and Concordia University