Hate Speech, Algorithms, and Digital Connectivity

Lecture | April 15 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Zeynap Tufekci, Independent Writer and Public Scholar

 D- Lab and Digital Humanities at Berkeley, Berkeley Center for New Media, The Center for Technology and Society at the Anti-Defamation League, Digital Humanities Working Group, The Library, Office of the vice Chancellor for Research, The Visual Resources Center

Since the launch of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, reports of hate speech targeting various minority groups have risen dramatically. Although this surge is well-reported, it remains difficult to quantify the magnitude of the problem or even properly classify hate speech, let alone identify and measure its effects. Keyword searches and dictionary methods are often imprecise and overly blunt tools for detecting the nuance and complexity of hate speech. Without the tools to identify, quantify, and classify hate speech, we cannot even begin to consider how to address the causes and consequences of it. Zeynep Tufekci will enter into dialogue with hate speech research being conducted on campus through the Social Sciences D-Lab, focusing on corporate responsibility and the importance of preserving free speech.

"Hate Speech, Algorithms, and Digital Connectivity" is the keynote lecture for the spring 2019 Digital Humanities Faire. The DH Faire showcases recent scholarship in the digital humanities and occasions a campus-wide conversation on the state of the field. Additional events will take place throughout the week.

Dr. Zeynep Tufekci is an Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), the author of Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protests, and a New York Times opinion writer. She is a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.

Presented by D-Labs and Digital Humanities at Berkeley, co-presented by Berkeley Arts + Design, Berkeley Center for New Media, The Center for Technology and Society at the Anti-Defamation League, Digital Humanities Working Group, The Library, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, The Visual Resources Center

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