September 7, 2023

Lee McGuigan: Selling the American People

Where did adtech come from, and how did data-driven marketing come to mediate the daily encounters of people, products, and public spheres?

October 16, 2023

Symposium on Misinformation and Marginalization

How does misinformation circulate in marginalized communities, and what misinformation narratives are shared about marginalized groups?

November 10, 2023

Symposium on Religion, Media, and Public Life

Addressing the intersection of technology, American religion, and politics with particular attention to race and power.

April 20, 2023

Melanie Feinberg: Everyday Adventures with Unruly Data

To understand the power and pitfalls of data science, we must attend to the data itself, not merely the algorithms that manipulate it.

April 10, 2023

Bridget Barrett: Merchandizing Democracy

Who buys campaign merch? Why do campaigns partake in merchandizing? What sells? Most importantly, what else can we learn from today’s online marketplaces for political products?

March 31, 2023

Hakeem Jefferson: From Margin to Center

Studying race and inequality requires an approach that takes seriously the experiences, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of those who live on the margins of our society. Social science research often falls short, theoretically and empirically, because of a tendency to ignore the margins in favor of those who have, for far too long, occupied the center.

February 10, 2023

Digital Cultures & Governance: Perspectives from the Global South

The Global South or the Majority World remains underrepresented and absent in discussions around Artificial Intelligence and data governance that are largely focused in high-income countries in North America and Europe. Yet the impact of AI and the rise of digital infrastructures is likely to disproportionally impact these very communities. This panel will bring diverse perspectives, outline critical concerns, center questions of power, and ultimately rethink the role of the Global South in shaping frameworks for governance for democratic inclusion.

February 3, 2023

ChatGPT in Context

What is ChatGPT? Where did it come from? What does it mean for science, scholarship, and public life? Join our interdisciplinary panel for a discussion of this new technology and its real and imagined impacts on the campus community.

January 19, 2023

Elizabeth Dubois: When hate and harassment are just a part of the job

Thursday, January 19 at 3:30pm – Freedom Forum Conference Center, Carroll Hall For many political journalists and health communicators, exposing themselves to hate, harassment, and credibility attacks online is an unavoidable part of the job. Drawing from interviews, surveys, and content analyses of tweets, this lecture shows how facing negativity everyday can make it harder…

November 10th, 2022

Tamara K. Nopper: Crime Data and Policing Data as Open Data

Thursday, November 10 at 3:00pm – Freedom Forum Conference Center, Carroll Hall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

October 6, 2022

Nancy Leong: Capitalizing on Identity in Public Life

Thursday, October 6 at 3:00pm – Freedom Forum Conference Center, Carroll Hall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

September 23, 2022

Victor Ray on Critical Race Theory: Why it Matters & Why You Should Care

Friday, September 23 at 11:00am – Freedom Forum Conference Center, Carroll Hall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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