DECIDIS Activities

How is racist propaganda changing with the development of digital media technologies?

The following two speakers will be presenting their latest work on this issue.
  • Professor of Sociology, Jessie Daniels, Hunter College, NYC.
  • Research Assistant, Johan Farkas, ITU/University of Bergen.

15 May 2017 // 13:00-14:00 // ITU – Auditorium 3 // Facebook event
Everyone is welcome (including students), no registration required.

Tweet Storm: The Rise of Trump, the Mainstreaming of White Nationalism & the Threat to Democracy (Jessie Daniels)
The election of Donald Trump as President of the US followed an unprecedented campaign in which savvy white nationalists and members of  the “alt-right” movement use culture jamming tactics on Facebook and Twitter to inject racist memes like #WhiteGenocide into popular political and cultural discussions. And, @realDonaldTrump retweets them all to his 24 million-plus followers. In response to this increased visibility and amplification of white nationalism in the mainstream of US political culture, white liberals express shock at what they perceive is a new development. While the Women’s March the day after Trump’s inauguration offered some hope for charting a different path, the fact remains that 53% of white women voted for him. In this engaging talk, Jessie Daniels draws on 20 years of research into the ways racism spreads on and offline to demonstrate that white supremacy is a real, and persistent, threat to democratic societies.
 
Disguised racist propaganda in digital media in Denmark (Johan Farkas)
Digital media platforms provide powerful new means of communication, also for those promoting racist worlviews. In this talk, Johan Farkas presents the results of his research on disguised racist propaganda in digital media. The presentation focuses on how cloaked Facebook pages as well as readers’ letters disguised as journalism have been tactically mobilised to strengthen and amplify existing racist discourses in Denmark.

Kan teknologien redde os fra falske nyheder?

I anledning af Forskningens Døgn (25. april 2017) inviterer IT-Universitetet til debat om teknologiens rolle i kampen mod falske nyheder (kl. 17).

’Fake news’ er tidens store diskussionsemne. Debatten fokuserer ofte på, hvad medier, journalister og medieforbrugere kan gøre for at dæmme op for spredningen af falske nyheder. Men måske skal løsningen på problemet faktisk findes i teknologiens verden, hvor fremskridt inden for blandt andet kunstig intelligens kan give nye muligheder for at faktatjekke nyhedshistorierne.

Tirsdag den 25. april inviterer IT-Universitetet i anledningen af Forskningens Døgn til oplæg og debat med fokus på, hvordan teknologien kan hjælpe os i kampen mod de falske nyheder.

Arrangementet er gratis, men kræver forhåndstilmelding.


Konference om digital social inklusion

Hvordan opleves forventninger til konstant digital tilstedeværelse, når det man mest har brug for er fred og ro? Hvordan navigerer man i konstante informationsbombardementer fra sociale medier, når man har svært ved at filtrere indtryk? Og hvordan kan man håndtere disse udfordringer uden at blevet ekskluderet fra digitaliserede fællesskaber?

Torsdag d. 6. april inviterer IT-Universitetet til konference om digital social inklusion.

Konferencen sætter fokus på de vilkår digitalisering opstiller for borgere med særlige udfordringer, og hvordan dette påvirker oplevelsen af inklusion.

Baggrunden for konferencen er en pilotundersøgelse udarbejdet af forskere på ITU i samarbejde med Gladfonden og med støtte fra Trygfonden. På konferencen præsenteres både empirisk og konceptuelt arbejde og lægges op til en samtale om, hvordan vi videre kan arbejde med social inklusion i en digitaliseret verden. Resultaterne udkommer også i en rapport, der vil være digitalt tilgængelig op til konferencen og i print på dagen.

Oplæg ved:
Morten Hjelholt – Lektor på IT-Universitetet
Mette Grønbæk Rasmussen – Videnskabelig assistent på IT-Universitetet
Anette Laigaard – Formand for Det Centrale Handicapråd
Mikkel Holmbäck – Direktør i Glad Fonden

Praktisk info:
Det er gratis at deltage i konferencen og kræver ingen tilmelding.
Konferencen finder sted d. 6. april kl. 13-15 i auditorium 2.


Seminar: Strategisk brug af sociale medier i valgkampen 2015

Hvad? Seminar for akademikere og praktikere med udgangspunkt i spritnye data om de sociale mediers rolle under valget 2015
Hvor? Auditorium 1, IT Universitetet, København
Hvornår? Den 27. maj, kl. 13.00-16.00
Hvor meget? Gratis, men tilmelding er nødvendig via Eventbrite

Kom med til et seminar om sociale mediers rolle i valget 2015, når forskningsinitiativet DECIDIS på ITU præsenterer nye fund baseret på deres studier før, under og efter folketingsvalget i 2015. I forbindelse med valget udførte ITUs forskere bl.a. interviews med alle partiernes social media managers, samt indsamlede store mængder af data fra de sociale medier Facebook, Twitter og Instagram. Arrangementet vil være åbent for alle og deltagelsen er gratis, men tilmelding er påkrævet af pladshensyn. Målgruppen for dette arrangement er alle med interesse i medier og politisk kommunikation, både folk med praktisk erfaring og forskere og studerende.

På seminaret vil forskerne præsentere og diskutere, hvordan partier og politikere i Danmark i øjeblikket anvender og forstår sociale medier og deres rolle i den overordnede kampagnestrategi. Vi vil fremlægge generelle tendenser på tværs af partier, og diskutere de forskellige opfattelser og tilgange til platformene med udgangspunkt i vores analyser. Formålet med dagen er bl.a. at bygge bro mellem forskning og praksis. Vi afslutter derfor med en debat om både udfordringer og muligheder ved brugen af sociale medier, både for politikere og partier og for det demokratiske samfund bredt set.

På dagen vil tre forskere fra DECIDIS præsentere deres analyser baseret på interviews samt indsamling af data fra de tre sociale medieplatforme: Facebook, Twitter og Instagram. I sidste del af seminaret vil der være en diskussion med panelet inklusivt mulighed for spørgsmål fra publikum. Diskussionen ledes af ordstyrerne Benjamin Rud Elberth og Astrid Haug, der blandt andet er kendt fra TV2 NEWS programmet Digital Dagsorden.

Efter arrangementet vil der være forfriskninger i atrium med mulighed for networking. PDF


Public Lectures:  Critical perspectives on civic agency and social media

Thomas Poell, University of Amsterdam
Julie Uldam, Roskilde University

Friday, 13 May 2016
13:00-15:00, IT University of Copenhagen
Room: 4A14

These public lectures bring together scholars who apply a critical perspective to social media, which has become integral to contemporary activism and civic agency. Far from being neutral platforms on which people can freely and openly interact in
order to create civic agency, social media have their own inherent materiality, shaping how we engage, protest, resist, and struggle. This materiality may entail the wires and silicon of technology, the codes and algorithms of digital platforms, and the commerciality of social media. The public lectures seek to address the mediation and mediatization of protest at the intersection of civic agency and algorithmic control to address questions such as: What are the
challenges and potentials of social media for civic agency and activism within a contested space of media corporations and logics? How do commercial social media platforms shape contemporary forms of protest? And what are the implications for grassroots action?

Everybody is welcome, no registration needed!

Detailed information in the PDF.


DECIDIS study: Social Media and Political Engagement

Wednesday, March 9th
14.00 – 16.00, IT University Copenhagen
Room: AUD4

Next Wednesday DECIDIS researchers Gitte Stald and Luca Rossi will present first findings of the annual DECIDIS survey researching the Danish social media sphere. The representative survey provides insight into Danish media habits and preferences. The goal of the study is to contribute towards the on-going discussion how social media influences democractic practices. Contact: lucr@itu.dk

Everybody is welcome, no registration needed!


Open discussion: Election Campaigning 2020

Tuesday 26th January,
Kl. 14.00 – 16.00
Room:  AUD 3 – ITU

Social Media have played a central role in recent elections all over the world. This is not a new trend, social media have been used Axel Brunsmore and more during the last fifteen years. From political blogs of early 2000 to the use of snapchat in 2015, we have seen various platforms and different strategies. What is going to happen next? How have election campaignes evolved and how will they evolve in terms of social media use? These question will be addressed by Axel Bruns – Queensland University of Technology, Lisbeth Klastrup – IT University of Copenhagen, Luca Rossi – IT University of Copenhagen and Sander Schwartz – IT University of Copenhagen. Everybody is kindly invited to participate.


Open workshop: Advanced Twitter Analytics Using TCAT and Tableau

When working with large social media datasets, quantitative and mixed-methods approaches that draw especially on visual representations of ‘big data’ have become an indispensable part of the scholarly research and publication process. This data analytics and visualization workshop will focus on a number of emerging standard tools and methods for large-scale data analytics, using Twitter data to illustrate these approaches. The workshop will introduce you to the open-source platform TCAT as a capable and reliable tool for data gathering from the Twitter API, and to the high-end data analytics software Tableau as a powerful means of processing and visualizing large datasets.

Monday 25th January
Kl. 14.00 – 17.00
Room: 3A18 – ITU

Presenter:
Dr. Axel Bruns, Professor in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia

Please note:
The workshop is open to everybody but email registration is required. Please send an email to lucr@itu.dk if you plan to attend the workshop. Participants should bring their own laptops with Tableau installed (http://get.tableau.com/) – the trial version is enough to participate the workshop.


Playing Politics – When computer games meet politics

5 October, 2015, 10.00-12.00,

Room 2A54 at the IT University of Copenhagen.

Speakers: Leonard Mechiari, developer of Riot Simulator; Susanna Tosca, IT University of Copenhagen, and Ayoe Quist Henkel, Aarhus University.

The three speakers will present two cases of computer games that are highly controversial due to their politics. Critical questions are raised when ethics, critical game design, provocation, civic unrest, riots, public outrage and the history of slavery meet visuals, aesthetics, rhetoric, design, storytelling and code.

Slave Tetris?

There has recently been a lot of public outrage about a Danish produced game, Playing History 2- Slave Trade (Serious Games), which included a mini-game in which the player (recommended for ages 8-14) had to stack slaves formed as Tetris pieces into a ship. The game mechanics was intended to provoke disgust so as to create social conscience. But can children decode procedural rhetoric in the right way? What are the ethic dilemmas related to children’s consumption of fiction and games? We will introduce this case, including material from the game producers and open the floor for a discussion of ethics and kids digital media consumption.

Susanna Tosca is an associate professor in the Culture and Communication research group at the IT University of Copenhagen. Ayoe Quist Henkel is a PhD fellow at the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University.

Riot Simulator

RIOT is a riot simulator based on real events that have been influencing the western civilization in the past few years. It includes 4 main campaigns set in: Italy (NoTAV movement), Greece (Battle of Keratea), Spain (Indignados movement), and Egypt (Tahrir Revolution).  More information about the riot simulator: http://riotsimulator.org/, Official trailer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jWYCXneCn8.

Leonard Mechiari, previously an Editor/Cinematographer at Valve, and developer of the Riot Simulator about himself: “I’m developing an RTS-like videogame based on social conflicts.”


 SYMPOSIUM: DEMOCRACY & CITIZENSHIP IN DIGITAL SOCIETY

JUNE 19, 2015 from 9:00 to 15:30 IT University of Copenhagen, 2A12

Join us for a day’s inspiring presentations and debates about the multiple ways in which digital technologies challenge and provide opportunities for society, citizens and democracy

Keynotes

 

StepColeman in Charlotte fall 2012hen Coleman from Leeds University (UK): Democratic Politics and Citizen Entitlements  

 

 

Anders AlbrechtslundAnders Albrechtslund from Aarhus University (DK): Tracking Culture: Surveillance in the sphere of intimacy

 

 

Gitte Stald, IT University of Copenhagen:                 Gitte Stald What do citizens need in order to make sense of media?

 

Plus research presentations from a number of DECIDIS  participants.

Participation is free but registration is necessary. Send e-mail with name and affiliation to: decidisadmin@itu.dk

Find more information about the program and practical information PROGRAM SYMPOSIUM DECIDIS 190615


Jakob Linaa Jensen visits DECIDIS:          

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The event takes place MAY 28 from 13-15 in room 2A08

All are welcome but please send an email to decidisadmin@itu.dk

About the presentation:

The potentials for involvement, enlightenment and horisontal dialogue have increased. Further, Facebook has turned into a ”one stop public” mixing mundane updates with serious political debates. But, Facebook is a filtered public, where news are sorted based on the likes and shares of acquaintances. Such filters reduce complexities but also add to the risk of the creation of segregated public spheres for the ”like-minded”, with limited political and societal impact.

Based on examples from the Arab spring, European election campaigns and Danish political Facebook groups, I demonstrate that although citizens might feel emotionally involved and politically empowered by discussing politics via social network sites, the wider political consequences are limited. The debates only to a limited extent affect overall political decision-making and the mobilization is often short-lived. Social media seem best suited for mobilization around single issues or facilitation of online protests rather than creating lasting involvement and democratic commitment.

About Jakob Linaa Jensen:

Jakob Linaa Jensen, Ph.D. is head of research for social media, Danish School of Media and Journalism. Before that, he was an associate professor of media studies at Aarhus University for nine years. His research interests includes social media and political participation, online behavior and identity, news and social media and theoretical aspects of the relationship between individuals and society. He has published four books, two international anthologies and more than 30 peer-reviewed articles on his various research topics.


LAUNCH of DECIDIS (Democracy & Citizenship in Digital Society) on TUESDAY DECEMBER 16

  • What does the future digital, political arena look like?
  • How do you create a productive and fruitful online debate culture?
  • What do social media mean in relation to citizens’ engagement in the political sphere?
  • How do political and social movements use digital media and for which purposes?
  • What digital rights and opportunities do citizens have and how do citizens protect their personal data and digital footprints?

These are some examples of the core questions that we study in DECIDIS

DECIDIS is established as a collaboration between a group of researchers at the IT University and other Danish and international researchers. The purpose is to strenghten our knowledge about how digital media shape as well as are shaped by the many new ways in which we as citizens and users interact with each other and the political system.  DECIDIS wants to become established as a strong Scandinavian partner for collaboration and as a knowledge hub that through continued expansions and sharing of our knowledge can qualify and strengthen citizen participation in an increasingly digitized society. DECIDIS will as a strategic initiative develop and build on research as well as education and research- and development collaboration. Hence we will work in more areas:

  • Expand knowledge about actual uses of digital media from the political-communicative perspective
  • Create a basis for better design of politically oriented interaction online
  • Discuss and impact future legistation and regulation in the area

The DECIDIS launch will take place in the DESIGN LAB at the IT University Tuesday December 16, 2014 from 9-11am.