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Professor Philip Howard: Is Social Media Killing Democracy?

  • David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre C (map)

Edinburgh Political Union, Economics Society and Edinburgh University Trading and Investment Club have teamed together to bring you a guest lecture with Professor Philip Howard from the University of Oxford.

'This is the big year for computational propaganda — using immense data sets to manipulate public opinion over social media. Both the Brexit referendum and US election have revealed the limits of modern democracy, and social media platforms are currently setting those limits'. Join us at this fantastic event to understand how technologies are shaping modern democracy and what role social media plays in politics these days.

Professor Howard is a Professor of Internet Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute and a Senior Fellow at Balliol College at the University of Oxford. He has courtesy appointments as a professor at the University of Washington’s Department of Communication and as a Fellow at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. In the past, he has held senior academic appointments at Stanford, Princeton, and Columbia Universities. He is the author, most recently, of Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up. Howard’s research and commentary writing has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and many international media outlets.

Don't miss your chance to hear from one of the best experts in this field!

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