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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Stu Shulman

Amherst, MA
Dr. Stuart W. Shulman is the founder and CEO of Texifter. Stu was formerly a UMass Amherst political science professor and the Vice President for Text Analytics at Vision Critical. Dr. Shulman is the sole inventor of the Coding Analysis Toolkit (CAT), an open source, Web-based text analysis software project, as well a text analytic network known as DiscoverText (discovertext.com). His latest invention is Sifter, a tool for researchers who need self-serve access to the complete undeleted history of Twitter (sifter.texifter.com).

Entrepreneur, US Soccer National C licensed ODP and NEFC coach, proud @NERevsAcademy parent, CEO @Texifter, inventor of @DiscoverText, and taoist garlic grower.