Online discussion: Social media and polarization in the age of misinformation

How the structure of social media networks, information overload from social media,  politically directed bot squads and our brain play us into disinformation and polarization. Why social media structure and bots contribute to destroying social and political discourse. Is curbing online manipulation and polarization possible or is it already a lost case? We discuss these topics via some examples with Vedat Senvicar, an expert from Norsensus Mediaforum.

The event will be held online on December 12 at 6:30 p.m.(Bulgarian time). The lecture will be in English. The event is open to anyone with an interest in the topic, but pre-registration is required at this link.

Vedat Sevincer is a project manager at the Norwegian non-profit media organization, Norsensus Mediaforum. He coordinates international projects and activities in the field of media literacy, and empowerment through media, as well as civil society communication and digital capacity building. He has developed and coordinated many cross-sectoral collaborations with the participation of universities, civil society, and public institutions in 19 European countries. He has also given lectures and workshops in the field of strategic communication, storytelling, and design thinking in both academic and civil society settings.

The lecture is part of the training program of the project “Science and journalism: together against the infodemic”, which started in October 2021. It is implemented with financial support provided by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA ). The organizations that work together on it are: the Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria (AEJ – Bulgaria); Norsensus Mediaforum, Norway; Thrace University; The Center for Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology (CSRSB); The Association for Career Development and Training (ACRO).

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This announcement was created with the financial support of the Active Citizens Bulgaria Fund under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area. All responsibility for the content is borne by AEJ – Bulgaria and under no circumstances can it be assumed that it reflects the official opinion of the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area and the Operator of the Bulgaria Active Citizens Fund.

 

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