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CANCELED Of Rabbit Holes and Misinformation: Conducting Research on Youtube

Event Details

March 23, 2020
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Integrative Learning Center

Room: Communication Hub

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Jonathan Corpus Ong

This event is canceled.

Conducting research on YouTube is inherently risky. Not only are results notoriously hard to validate but a simple analysis can, in a worst case scenerio, also lead researchers down a rabbit hole of extreme and potentially illegal content. In this talk, Jonas Kaiser will share his experiences with doing research on YouTube and present findings of a study on misinformation surrounding the Zika virus on Brazillian YouTube. 

Jonas Kaiser is an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and Associate Researcher at Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet & Society in Berlin. His research focuses on the far-right in Germany and the United States and the impact algorithms have on society. At Berkman, Kaiser heads the Misinformation Working Group. 


The Integrative Learning Center is located in the center of campus, between the campus pond and the Campus Center.