Trolls, Bots, Social Media and Protests: Race and Democracy in the Age of Technology – Talk by Prof. Dr. Leah Wright

Trolls, Bots, Social Media and Protests: Race and Democracy in the Age of Technology – Talk by Prof. Dr. Leah Wright

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 18.15 h, Collegium Helveticum, Schmelzbergstrasse 25 8006 Zürich

Trolls, Bots, Social Media and Protests: Race and Democracy in the Age of Technology
Prof. Dr. Leah Wright Rigueur (Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University)

Abstract
This conversation will explore some of the ways in which political operatives and protest movements have harnessed technology and social media for political means. Of par- ticular focus are the ways in which various groups have deployed new technological techniques – some in the inter- est of advancing democracy and racial equality; others as a means of depressing democratic ideals and minority rights. Given the increasing international power and reach (and subsequent scrutiny) of technological innovators like Face- book, this discussion is an opportunity to ask ourselves: what does the next wave of technological politics and inno- vations actually mean for the intersection of democracy and race in our society?

The lecture is part of the main topic «Digital Societies» of the fellow period 2016–2020 at Collegium Helveticum.

For detailed information please visit https://collegium.ethz.ch/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/180528_wright_rigueur.pdf.

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