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Power: Elections and the Tech Industry

Nov 5, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Join us for the Critical Data Studies Seminar POWER: Elections and Tech Industry, streaming live in the IDEASpace, Helmke LIbrary.

Swati Srivastava will give a short talk based on her research on the power of the tech industry in U.S. elections. A panel of discussants (Jennifer Hoewe, Natasha Duncan and Giancarlo Visconti) will help contextualize the themes raised in Dr. Srivastava’s work and talk about broader implications. Attendees will be invited to join the conversation after discussant comments.

Swati Srivastava Swati Srivastava is an Assistant Professor in Political Science specializing in International Relations. Srivastava studies the political power of private actors in global affairs, including large corporations, business associations, and NGOs. Her talk will focus on Facebook's practices in data management related to politics and elections, especially what data and political information users have access to and what user data others, like political operatives, have access to. She will also address questions of political responsibility and Facebook’s use of content moderators and a “War Room” to protect against fake news and data privacy for the 2018 election.

Jennifer Hoewe is an assistant professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication. She studies media psychology and political communication with a focus on how media use influences political attitudes and behaviors. Considering the ways in which access to political information has changed, Hoewe will explain how people use that information to form political attitudes and make decisions. She will address how news consumption habits have shifted and their repercussions, including emotional responses and perceptions of bias.

Natasha T. Duncan is the interim associate dean for academic affairs and the director of study away programs for the Honors College. Her research focuses on international migration, particularly immigration policies toward high skilled labor migration and the political remittances of emigration. Duncan will address the securitization of immigration at the southern border in light of the themes of the panel.

Giancarlo Visconti specializes in comparative political behavior, distributive politics, causal inference, and Latin American politics. He specifically focuses on how voters modify their political preferences and electoral choices after negative events such as natural disasters, crime, and economic shocks. His work relies on a variety of methods for drawing causal inferences from experimental and observational data. Visconti will discuss themes from the talk in the context of recent evidence about selective exposure to misinformation and consumption of fake news.

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