CCDS Presents: Virtual Summer Talk Series with Deen Freelon - Black Trolls Matter and Other Conclusions from Analyzing State-Sponsored


Thursday, July 9, 2020 1:00-2:00PM EST

Black Trolls Matter and Other Conclusions from Analyzing State-Sponsored


This talk will discuss research Dr. Freelon conducted with colleagues on the Twitter component of the Internet Research Agency's (IRA) disinformation campaign before, during, and after the 2016 US elections. In particular, Deen will discuss the distinct appeal of Black-presenting trolls, how IRA tweets found their way into mainstream news articles, the types of audiences that consumed IRA content, and the IRA's effects on Twitter users' political opinions.


Deen Freelon is an associate professor in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC-Chapel Hill. These days he is mostly interested in disinformation, hyperpartisan communication, and computational methods.



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CCDS Presents: Virtual Summer Talk with Crystal Abidin - Influencers, Misinformation, and 'Under the Radar' Strategies

Crystal Abidin

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 9:30-10:30AM EST

Influencers, Misinformation, and 'Under the Radar' Strategies

Drawing on research from various interconnected projects on influencer cultures and vigilante activism in Singapore and the Asia Pacific between 2011 and 2020, this talk provides a vernacular framework for thinking about the role of social media influencers, their involvement in circuits of (mis)information ecologies, and their innovative 'under the radar' strategies of communication, amplification, and suppression.


Dr Crystal Abidin is a socio-cultural anthropologist of vernacular internet cultures, particularly influencer cultures, online visibility, and social media pop cultures especially in the Asia Pacific. She is Senior Research Fellow & ARC DECRA Fellow in Internet Studies and at the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University, and Affiliate Researcher with the Media Management and Transformation Centre at Jönköping University. Her books include Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online (2018), Microcelebrity Around the Globe: Approaches to Cultures of Internet Fame (co-editor Brown, 2018), Instagram: Visual Social Media Cultures (co-authors Leaver & Highfield, 2019), Mediated Interfaces: The Body on Social Media (co-editors Warfield & Cambre, 2020), and tumblr: Curation, Creativity and Community. (co-authors Tiidenberg & Hendry, forthcoming). Crystal was listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia and ...

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POSTPONED - Data & Visual Un-Conference

Due to the unprecedented circumstances of the present crisis, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Data & Visual Culture Un-Conference until Fall 2020. We will be in contact once we establish a new date. 

We hope that everyone is safe and healthy and look forward to seeing you on campus come fall. 


The Center for Computational and Data Science (CCDS) in the iSchool invites you to join us for the Data & Visual Culture Un-Conference 2020! 

This is our third Un-Conference, this time led by CCDS Co-Director Jeff Hemsley. CCDS was motivated to organize our first Un-Conference in the fall of 2018 following productive discussions around big idea initiatives that led to ‘Cuse grants. Given the great success we have experienced with bringing together faculty from different schools for two Un-Conferences, we’ve decided to continue to host these events! 

The Purpose of an Un-Conference is to provide space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration, and creativity around the themes of Data & Visual Culture. The goal of the Un-Conference is for faculty and PhD students to make connections and formulate plans for collaboration around research and teaching. This is a participant-driven event, where the agenda is set by ...

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POSTPONED until March 18 & 19, 2021 - The Things We Do For Data: Social Science Between Collusion & Going Rogue

First and foremost, given these uncertain times, we hope you are safe and healthy. 

Clearly, in these unprecedented circumstances we have had to reconsider the timing of The Things We Do for Data: Social Science Between Collusion and Going Rogue conference this summer, July 30-31 and have made the difficult decision to postpone to Thursday, March 18 and Friday, March 19, 2021 in Berlin. 

We will reopen the call for papers in Fall 2020. We seek submissions for proposals of 500-word abstracts. We expect these to be somewhat non-traditional, with an emphasis on your methods and objectives rather than on the findings per se. Thus, abstracts should focus on data collection methods and challenges in collecting, storing, or updating, data quality management issues, and the critical, legal, ethical and/or policy perspectives on your approach.

For more information about the event please visit

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