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?
Symposium on Misinformation and Marginalization
How does misinformation circulate in marginalized communities, and what misinformation narratives are shared about marginalized groups?
Symposium on Religion, Media, and Public Life
Addressing the intersection of technology, American religion, and politics with particular attention to race and power.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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…
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
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
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