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Dangerous Speech and New Methods of Prevention

November 25, 2013
01:00PM - 02:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

Susan Benesch will describe ongoing research on a subset of hate speech, “dangerous speech,” that has a special capacity to catalyze violence.

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Evaluation Cultures: Sense-Making in Complex Times

November 22, 2013
12:00PM - 01:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

The field of evaluation includes a diversity of professionals representing different national, academic, public and private sectors, as well as personal preferences. Evaluation practices are also influenced by national political cultures, organisational practices and cultural values. Hence a range of views contributes to vigorous ongoing debates about best practices. Rapid changes in the information landscape add to the mix, creating new challenges and emergent evaluation forms and approaches. What are the implications for the development of evaluation so this professional field is fit for the future?

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From the North Pole to WWW: Social and political construction of cyberspace and Internet regulation in Russia

November 11, 2013
01:00PM - 02:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

The talk suggests exploring Internet regulation beyond specific measures suggested by government, such as new legislation or law enforcement that seeks to restrict Internet freedom. Relying on the Russian case study, it describes the major social and political constructions of cyberspace that are adopted and promoted by Russian authorities, and argues that the strategies of construction are a key factor for development of regimes of Internet regulation.

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Research at BBC Media Action: Putting our audience first

November 8, 2013
12:00AM - 11:59PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

In this presentation, the opportunities and challenges presented by the multi method research strategy will be shared alongside some initial insights from the first 2 years of the programme.

The presentation will also cover reflections on: bridging theory and practice, the importance of research partnerships, building research capacity in developing countries and initial work on research innovations such as using field experiments to assess the impact of media interventions. Finally the complexity of creating a live public access data portal will be addressed.

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The Role of ICT Companies in Preventing the Spread of Hate Speech: A Case Study of the 2013 Kenyan Presidential Elections

November 7, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

The question of how to regulate certain forms of speech in the digital realm, so-called “hate speech” in particular, is an on-going controversy that affects every country in the world differently. The lack of an internationally agreed definition of “hate speech” has made it difficult to clarify its meaning and how it should be dealt with in the digital realm, which can be problematic for Information and Communication (ICT) companies when deciding whether content should be removed from the web or blocked in accordance with the law.

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