Tracing the Intended and Unintended Consequences of Digital Technology in the Political Arena

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Venue: The Congregation, Vaughan House, Portsmouth Street, M13 9GB

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This brownbag seminar will feature perspectives from social science researchers on the intended and perhaps even more importantly, unintended consequences of digital technologies for democracy and society. The first of our informal seminars will be on Wednesday 3rd April with three talks focusing on the intended and unintended consequences of digital technology in the electoral and political arena:

  • Data Driven Campaigning by Prof. Rachel Gibson
  • Political Astroturfing on Twitter by Dr David Schoch
  • Right-wing populism and Brexit: How is Facebook implicated? by Natalie-Anne Hall

The talks will be followed by a group discussion identifying common interests and discovering areas of cross-over.

The seminar is planned as the first in a series of informal lunchtime gatherings by those interested in the Citizens & Government focused theme of the University's Digital Futures network. We hope this will provide a regular forum to hear from colleagues across the campus who are researching in this area.

If you are interested in participating in the series, sharing your ideas and/or being involved in future events please email digitalfutures@manchester.ac.uk to let us know.