SIG SM Panel on Challenges for social media

SIG SM organized a panel discussion for the ASIS&T Annual Meeting 2018 in Vancouver, Canada on the Challenges for social media: Misinformation, free speech, civic engagement, and data regulations.

The panel discussion took place on Monday, November, 12th from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (GMT-7). Visit the ASIS&T website for more infomation. These were the participating speakers:

 Nic DePaula, University at Albany

Personal data processing and targeted advertising—Does the General Data Protection Regulation go far enough?

Nic DePaula is a Ph.D candidate in the department of Information Science at the University at Albany, State University of New York. His research interests are in data science, text mining and political communication. Previously, Mr. DePaula has worked with geographic information technologies and information security. His work has appeared in various journals, including Government Information Quarterly, Social Science Computer Review and First Monday.


Kaja J. Fietkiewicz, University Düsseldorf

The boundary between hate and free speech—What are the risks of the German Network Enforcement Act

Dr. Kaja J. Fietkiewicz is post-doctoral research associate at the Department of Information Science, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (Germany). She is a lecturer in information law and statistics as well as mentor for student research projects. Her research interests include smart city development (with focus on e-government), information law (with focus on competition law and data privacy), as well as social media, especially social live streaming services.


Thomas J. Froehlich, Kent State University

Fake news, its rapid dissemination and its relation to pseudo-cognitive-authorities

Thomas J. Froehlich, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus, School of Information, Kent State University (27 years). The majority of his publications are concerned with ethical considerations in the information professions, evolving in part from his philosophy background (Ph.D., Duquesne University). Dr. Froehlich currently teaches a course on the Age of Disinformation and has taught in the areas of information science, ethics, online searching, knowledge management and user interface design. He has provided workshops, trainings, seminars or presentations in 26 countries.


A.J. Million, University of Michigan

Civic engagement and social media use by nonprofit organizations—Does market capture pose a threat to grassroots democratic activity?

Dr. A. J. Million is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan School of Information. His research pertains to the creation and administration of public and nonprofit information resources. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, where his dissertation examined bureaucratic organization and innovation in U.S. state department of transportation websites.

You can download the slides presented during the panel HERE.