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17:30 - 19:00 13 March 2014

From extremism to climate change: Studying political issues in the digital age


AV Hill Lecture Theatre | Medical Sciences and Anatomy Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Professor Richard Rogers, 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.

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.


Dimitrios Kraniotis
+44 (0)20 7679 4902 | d.kraniotis@ucl.ac.uk


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