Call for Participation: Mapping Media Manipulation and Disinformation Campaigns: A Theory/ Methods Workshop for Researchers

Mapping Media Manipulation and Disinformation Campaigns: A Theory/ Methods Workshop for Researchers

Day 1: March 12th- Open to the public

Day 2: March 13th - Closed Workshop (25 participants)
9am - 3pm
University of Texas at Austin
PCL, Learning Lab 1
101 E. 21st Street
Austin, TX 78712

This is a collaboration between The Good Systems Project at UT Austin and Harvard Kennedy’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy (Technology and Social Change Research Project).

*Closed Workshop for Day 2 Description*

In this workshop, researchers will learn how to detect, document, and debunk media manipulation and disinformation campaigns using the methods of investigative ethnography. Participants will analyze a case study where media manipulators sought to sway public opinion and media agendas by gaming sociotechnical systems. Together, we will map the lifecycle of a media manipulation campaign from its (1) initial phase of ideation and discussion, (2) to seeding the campaign across social web and platforms, (3) to challenges by journalists, platform companies, activists and regulators, (4) to observable changes in the media ecosystem, and finally (5) adaptations by media manipulators to the new environment. The goal of the workshop is to build skill sets by equipping researchers with theory and methods to analyze information ecosystems, where different groups manipulate communication systems for a range of reasons including fun, profit, and political advantage.

Applications for participation are accepted on a rolling basis. As we finalize the agenda, we will share it publicly. Participants will be expected to engage in conversations, collaborate together, and potentially present on their work. We promise we all ask you beforehand!

This workshop is for community organizers, academics, technologists and anyone who is interested in exploring this topic in meaningful ways.

We will fulfill funding requests on a first come, first considered basis. Please apply sooner than later.

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