Joint INFOCORE, MeCoDEM, VOX-Pol Workshop on Social Media, Conflict and Democracy


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9:00 am - 1:00 pm


The Press Club, Brussels


VOX-Pol, in conjunction with two other EU FP7-funded projects, INFOCORE and MeCoDem, will hold a joint workshop themed “Social Media, Conflict and Democracy: Utopian Visions, Dystopian Futures and Pragmatic Policies” at the Press Club Brussels on Friday, November 18.

Agenda (preliminary):

Friday 18 November 2016  (9:00h-12:00h)
08:30hRegistration Conference Hall, The Press Club
09:00h – 09:15hWelcome and introductions
 Prof. Katrin Voltmer, MeCoDEM
University of Leeds
Dr. Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, INFOCORE
The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy
Dr. Matti Pohjonen, VOX-Pol
University of Amsterdam
09:15h – 09:30hKeynote speech
 Wael Abbas, Egyptian activist and blogger
09:30h – 09:45hKeynote speech
 European Commission DG Home
09:45h – 10:00hDiscussion
10:00h – 10:35hFindings from the MeCoDEM project: 
Prof. Christian Christensen, MeCoDEM
University of Stockholm
MeCodify: An open source project for extracting and analysing tweets
Dr. Walid Al-Saqaf, MeCoDEM
University of Stockholm
Twitter and governance in South Africa
Dr. Heather Ford, MeCoDEM
University of Leeds
10:35h – 10:50hCoffee break
10:50h – 11:25hFindings from the INFOCORE project
 Suggesting an interdisciplinary approach to the study of social media in conflict-ridden societies
Asst. Prof. Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, Principal Investigator WP5 “Social Media”, INFOCORE
Dr. Salome Boukala, Postdoctoral researcher WP5 “Social Media”, INFOCORE The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy
Challenges in analysing big data in conflict contexts
Sergios Lenis, Researcher WP5 “Social Media”, INFOCORE
11:35h – 12:00hFindings from the VOX-pol project
 Comparative mapping of online networks of the EU’s extreme far right and ISIS: Lessons learned for research and policy
Matti Pohjonen, VOX-Pol
University of Amsterdam
12:00h – 13:00hLunch and networking

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