Media Literacy Week

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Researching Digital Media Literacy in Canada - Media Literacy Week Events 2022

Event #1:

Disinformation Disorder and Potential Solutions for Canada with Dr. Heidi Tourek

Public Talk (Virtual and in-person)  

Wednesday, Oct 26th @ 12:00pm-1:30pm EST

Hosted by Rogers Chair of Studies in Journalism and New Information Technology, MediaSmarts and The Internet, Technology, and Digital Sociology Cluster of the Canadian Sociological Association

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Poor-quality information and conspiracy theories seem to be floating around everywhere. But how can we understand the effects of these issues and are there any ways to address them? This talk will explore the history of disinformation to examine what is new about our present problems. It will then examine how poor-quality information and online abuse are affecting health and politics in Canada before finally suggesting some solutions to these complex questions. 

Speaker Bio: Dr. Heidi Tourek is a Canada Research Chair and associate professor of international history and public policy at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She is an award-winning researcher of media, history, health communications, international organizations, and platform governance. She directs the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at UBC. She is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation as well as a non-resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.    

Event #2:

Being Online: Establishing Communities of Care for Digital Sociologists

Panel event (virtual)

Wednesday, October 26th @ 2pm-3pm EST

Hosted by MediaSmarts, The Internet, Technology, and Digital Sociology Cluster of the Canadian Sociological Association and the Rogers Chair of Studies in Journalism and New Information Technology

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Communicating research in online spaces is becoming more and more challenging, with researchers facing skepticism and outright abuse on social media. On the first-ever Digital Citizen Day, a panel of graduate students and early career researchers who conduct and mobilize research in various online spaces will discuss the impact on their safety and well-being and ways to move forward.  

Speakers: 

Andrey Kasimov, Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, McMaster University. 
Milana Leskovac, Masters Student, Department of Sociology, University of Calgary. 
Monica Pauls, Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, University of Calgary. 
Jinman Zhang, Doctoral Student, Media Studies, Western University.