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'From Extremism to Climate Change:Studying Political Issues in Digital Age' (Policy and Practice)

Publication date: Sep 30, 2013 11:57:00 AM

Start: Mar 13, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 13, 2014 7:00:00 PM

Location: Medical Sciences 131 AV Hill LT Medical Sciences building, Malet Place, WC1E 6BT

Professor Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers proposes a methodological outlook that seeks to align political and social research with the digital age. Rogers uses this new methodological outlook to examine anew 9/11 through search engine results, the recognition of climate change skeptics by climate-change-related Web sites, the events surrounding the Srebrenica massacre according to Dutch, Serbian and Bosnian Wikipedias, the culture wars according to the tastes of presidential candidates’ social media “friends,” the strength and clarity of dissident and censored voice in Iran according to the Iranian Web, the extent of the surveillance society according to third-party cookies and online trackers, and the narratives and new (online) leaders of right-wing and counter-jihad extremists in the UK and across Europe according to Facebook group and page engagement. Digital Methods are not just a toolkit, or operating instructions for a software package; they deal with broader questions about how to do political research. With Digital Methods, Rogers introduces a new vision and method for doing research with the Internet that repurposes methods of the medium for social and political research.

Richard Rogers is Professor of New Media and Digital Culture and Department Chair of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam. He is also director of the Govcom.org Foundation and the Digital Methods Initiative, best known for the development of the Issue Crawler and other online data analysis and info-political tools. Among his works, he is author of Information Politics on the Web (MIT Press, 2004), awarded the best information science book of the year by the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), and Digital Methods (MIT Press, 2013). Rogers has received grants from the Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Soros Foundation, Open Society Institute, Open Society Foundations and Gates Foundation, and has worked with such organisations as Greenpeace International, Human Rights Watch, Ruckus Society, Association for Progressive Communications, Women on Waves, Carbon Trade Watch and Fair Phone.

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