2017 #SMSociety Theme: Social Media for Social Good or Evil

Our online behaviour is far from virtual–it extends our offline lives. Much social media research has identified the positive opportunities of using social media; for example, how people use social media to form support groups online, participate in political uprising, raise money for charities, extend teaching and learning outside the classroom, etc. However, mirroring offline experiences, we have also seen social media being used to spread propaganda and misinformation, recruit terrorists, live stream criminal activities, reinforce echo chambers by politicians, and perpetuate hate and oppression (such as racist, sexist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic behaviour).

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Saturday, July 29 • 09:00 - 10:30
Introduction & Keynote: Lee Rainie-The Reckoning for Social Media

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Lee Rainie, director of internet, science, and technology research at the Pew Research Center, will discuss new research about how citizens are trying to navigate the  challenging world of “fake news” and “truthiness” on social media. He will look at how people are trying to adjust to the turmoil over the impact of social media on political deliberation and what this means about the concepts of “expertise” and “trust".

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Lee Rainie

Director, Pew Research Center
Lee Rainie is the director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, which has studied the social impact of digital technologies since 2000. He gives several dozen speeches a year to government officials, media leaders, scholars and students, technology executives... Read More →

Saturday July 29, 2017 09:00 - 10:30 EDT
TRS 2-166 -8th Floor Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5G 2C3