What should I watch from the cornucopia that is the #ica21 program? In this thread some things that caught my eye, suggestions welcome.

"Blue Sky Workshop: Reconceptualising Freedom of Expression: Developing an Agenda for Research" w/
@cheriangeorge et al ica2021.cadmore.media/Title/97f91716…
The #ica_gcsc panel "International Collaborations Around COVID-19 Research in Africa During a Pandemic: Struggles With Theory and Method" with Radhika Gajjala et al looks interesting ica2021.cadmore.media/Title/29b6af8f…
“How Does YouTube Recommendation Algorithms Minimize Users’ Online News Exposure?” (according to abstract less echo chambers than leading people away from news) by @Saarahuang and @tianyangyt is #ica_cat ica2021.cadmore.media/Title/6719a899…
Panel on “Rumors, False News, and Disinformation in the Global South” with @hwasser and more, also #ica_gcsc, good to see work in countries representing the majority of the world not just WEIRD countries ica2021.cadmore.media/Title/0096a157…
"Minimal Effects, Maximum Panic: Social Media and Democracy in Latin America" by @ugemitch, @moratsukamoto, @PabloBochon in #ica_pol
ica2021.cadmore.media/Title/fd4e4a47… (Very compelling title! It's actually already published here journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.11…)
“Do Fact-Checkers Overcome Partisan Divides? An Investigation of Indian Twitter Users” by Rik Ray, Sakshi Bhalla, and @harsht in #ica_jsd (abstract suggests they basically can’t, at least not reaching partisans directly on Twitter) ica2021.cadmore.media/Title/f2d46cee…
Then there is a panel “Terrorism, Securitization and Freedom of Speech: Reckoning With the Global Salience of Counter-Terrorism Laws” in #ica_clp, with
Mohammad Parray speaking on self-censorship in Kashmir, and more ica2021.cadmore.media/Category/3791c…
In #ica_pol, @CynPeacock and @emilyvanduyn are presenting “Monitoring and Correcting: Why Women Read and Men Comment Online” ica2021.cadmore.media/Title/e5911a02…
As @cheriangeorge pointed out, quite a lot of Trump at this conference. If you are looking for a change, how about “I Am Speaking:” 2020 VP nominee Kamala Harris’ Impact of Black Feminism as Social Influencers on Twitter" by @rlgrant6 et al in #ica_eric?
Interested in @risj_oxford presentations? Look at the full list here, papers by @simgandi @dragz @Commonlaw20 @annisch @silviamajo @BenjaminToff Craig Robertson and various collaborators and institute alumni! reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/risj-review/he…

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27 May
#infodemic, one year on. News orgs are the most widely used source of information about coronavirus and have become even more central because-while overall reach has declined compared to earlier in the pandemic-reach of other sources has declined more. reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/ongoing-infode… 1/9
Trust in news orgs declined by an average of 8 percentage points and trust in national governments has declined by average of 13pp. In most countries covered, national health authorities, global health authorities, and scientists+doctors+experts remain highly+broadly trusted 2/9
The 'trust gap' between coronavirus information from news organisations and information on different kinds of platforms remains pronounced. On average, gap btw news orgs and social media is 21pp, btw news and video sites 22pp, and btw news and messaging applications 28pp. 3/9
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26 Feb
Ask scientists about peer review, and you’ll get… a lot of things. Boundary work (the institution grounds all scholarship), appreciation (collegial quality control=more rigorous work), and many dark sides (ie it's unreliable, unfair, unpaid, unequal, and done by #reviewer2) 1/19
Let me start here-I've internalized the boundary work. I believe in peer review, for all its imperfections. I think it is among things setting science apart. I've also spend lots of time on it, including dealing with 600+ manuscripts as journal editor, based on ~1000 reviews 2/19
But while important, peer review is not the ONLY thing that define science. Many different norms and institutions together define us. As Ziman writes: “peculiarity of science is that knowledge as such is deemed to be its principle product and purpose” cambridge.org/core/books/rea… 3/19
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25 Feb
US Congress yesterday hosted hearing on disinformation & extremism in the media

Journalists should want to interrogate these issue

As @farai writes as"we are questioning all the systems of society, journalism cannot be too prideful to examine itself" faraic.medium.com/its-bigger-tha… 1/5
One place to start is this (scathing) article: "What is being called our post-truth era [illustrates] the racial amnesia that plagues much of our contemporary post-truth criticism" in light of how e.g. media and politics often represent many minorities doi.org/10.1080/147914… 2/5
And this observation by some top-notch social scientists (which to my knowledge has largely been ignored by news coverage?)"Our analysis suggest that mainstream news media in fact play a significant and important role in the dissemination of fake news" doi.org/10.1080/238089… 3/5
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25 Feb
Talked democratic creative destruction, filter bubbles, polarization, business of news, and media policy with @EvelynDouek and @QJurecic on the great @lawfareblog podcast - some links to underlying @risj_oxford in thread below

lawfareblog.com/lawfare-podcas… 1/6
Here @dragz and I on “democratic creative destruction” challenging incumbent institutions, creates new ones, and in many ways empower individuals while also leaving both individuals & institutions increasingly dependent on large US-based tech companies cambridge.org/core/books/soc… 2/6
On filter bubbles, this is something @dragz and I have examined e.g.

On social media: dx.doi.org/10.1177/146144…

And search: doi.org/10.1080/216708…

(Often overlooked bigger issue I personally think is inequality - e.g. with @tianyangyt et al pnas.org/content/117/46…)

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19 Feb
Group discussion w/ @risj_oxford journalist fellows on which discussions are contentious in their newsrooms around 🌍, kicking off from some US journalists feeling dominant viewpoint limits their ability to speak up

Partial list (deep breath) of issues people identify as hard...
..including things that are hard to cover & write about such as

* Religion, esp dominant religious group or historically maligned religious groups
* Migration and refugees, esp in face of majoritarian backlash
* National security, esp in countries where military is very powerful
* Women's rights, esp in very patriarchal societies (and often patriarchal newsrooms)
* Sexuality, esp LGBT
* Tribalism, esp when interconnected with electoral politics and/or political violence
* Civil war (well yes that and the legacy it leaves is hard)
* Regionalism/separatism
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19 Feb
"How to respond to disinformation while respecting free speech?" - @Commonlaw20 and I wrote submission for @Irenekhan’s UN work on disinformation, drawing on @risj_oxford research and other relevant work. Some key points in thread, full submission here reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/risj-review/ho… 1/N
There is (a) no conceptual clarity and (b) no substantial agreement on what exactly constitutes disinfo. This is not a philosophical point but defining feature of problems we face. It underlines inherently political nature of determining what does and does not constitute disinfo.
From the point of view of the public disinformation is to a large extent a problem associated with the behaviour of politicians and other domestic actors, especially on social media, and not more narrowly a problem of false information or actors with more unambiguously ill intent
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