Starting on September 30th, the Santa Fe Institute will launch a new applied seminar series on cyberhate, misinformation, social polarization, and counterspeech.
The intention of these meetings is two-fold. First, these seminars will provide a clearinghouse for practitioners, policy makers, and scholarly researchers to share and discuss new insights from these interdependent areas. Second, these seminars will provide an opportunity to contextualize these new insights within a broader understanding of dynamic complex adaptive systems.
These 90-minute seminars will take place virtually and will usually be on the last Wednesday of the month.
Each session will include two 15-minute presentations on recent academic work in the field, practitioner perspectives, and time for discussion among attendees.
The inaugural CounterBalance Seminar on September 30th is on counterspeech. The featured presentations will be "Extremism Online: Empirical insights into staging and effects of extremist online propaganda and whether“counter-narratives” might help," by Lena Frischlich and "Countering Hate on Social Media: A large-scale case study on the impact of coordination," by Joshua Garland. The practitioner discussants, Lord John Alderdice and Alexander Corbeil, will be offering responses to this work before the group discussion.
Participation in Applied Project Seminars is by invitation only, and is restricted to relevant researchers, leaders, and Applied Project sponsors. For more information about this series, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.