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The Cy Frank Legacy Lectureship
September 19, 2019

Geographies of Misinformation and Incivility in Social Media

Friday, February 15, 2019
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Social Science Centre (SSC)
Room: 1004
Alternative Facts: Geographies of Misinformation and Incivility in Social Media

Alternative Facts: Geographies of Misinformation and Incivility in Social Media

Friday, February 15th
2:30 pm
SSC 1004

Monica Stephens
Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Science, Department of Geography
University at Buffalo

The geographies of social media and misinformation have profound implications
on information production and consumption patterns, public opinion, civic
engagement and community dynamics. Malicious actors, trolls, spammers and
bots are flooding the information stream with contested realities. Social media
algorithms prioritize popular content—converting tweets into legitimate
information reproduced and debated in traditional news media. This process
exacerbates disagreement about what constitutes truth, facts, opinion and
evidence by blurring the line between specialists and laypeople. The origin and
location of information production is a central component in identifying how
malicious actors use social media to manipulate opinion, and is often obfuscated
by the network structure of social media. This talk summarizes empirical
research into inequalities in media coverage, the rise of hate speech on Twitter,
and the vulnerability of American communities to misinformation.

Monica Stephens (Ph.D., University of Arizona) is an Assistant Professor of
Geographic Information Science in the Department of Geography at the
University at Buffalo. Her research examines data from social media to
understand how information spreads online and how communities are
vulnerable to misinformation, incivility, and exclusion. She makes maps
derived from social media that have appeared in popular outlets
including Wired Magazine, The Atlantic, The Guardian, the Washington Post, and BBC World Service.

Part of the 2018/19 Department of Geography Speaker Series

Department of Geography
Department of Geography
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