Using Network Analysis to Identify Polarization, Reduce Misinformation, and Improve Social Media

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Mon, Feb 14, 2022

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM CST (GMT-6)

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Two-Part Event:

#1 - Spring 2022 Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media (10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
Social media can contribute to hostility and polarization in political discourse. The Social Media Research Foundation (SMRF) has developed tools that make it easy and efficient for anyone to identify polarized groups of users, as well as interconnections between groups. Hear from Dr. Marc Smith, Director of the SMRF and expert in network analysis, about powerful yet accessible tools that can help make democracy better.

#2 - Panel Discussion (11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Reflecting on debate, influence, and the search for truth in networked publics. Featured panelists:
- Dr. Sara K. Kearns, professor at Kansas State University Libraries
- Dr. Anan Wan, assistant professor of advertising at Kansas State University
- Dr. Timothy J. Shaffer, director of the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy and associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Kansas State University
- Dr. Heather Suzanne Woods, scholar and researcher of digital rhetoric, assistant professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Communication Studies at Kansas State University
- Dr. Nikhil Moro, holds a Ph.D. in communication law from Ohio State University, Editor of the Journal of Media Law & Ethics

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