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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Christoph Lutz

BI Norwegian Business School
Postdoc / Assistant Professor
I am a researcher at BI Norwegian Business School Oslo and at the University of Leipzig. My work is in the field of new communication technologies and social media, where I investigate digital inequalities, online participation, trust, privacy and the sharing economy. I have a background in sociology, economics and media science, but I like interdisciplinarity and am open to different and challenging perspectives and ideas.... That's what makes great research in my opinion!

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