Next discussion in Social Media and Democracy series to focus on fake news, online influence

By J.D. Ross

October 10, 2018
Photo of Lu Xiao
Lu Xiao, assistant professor at the iSchool, will moderate the second panel discussion in the Social Media and Democracy series.

The second panel discussion in the three-part Social Media and Democracy seminar series sponsored by the School of Information Studies (iSchool) and the Newhouse School will feature three scholars who will focus on fake news, language analysis and online influence.

Moderated by iSchool faculty member Lu Xiao, the panelists are Rosanna Guadagno, researcher at Stanford University’s Online Social Influence Lab; Lillian Lee, professor of computer science and information science at Cornell University; and Victoria Rubin, professor of information and media studies at the University of Western Ontario.

Guadagno’s research interests focus on the confluence of three main areas: social influence and persuasion, mediated communication and gender roles. Her forthcoming book is entitled "Psychological Processes in Social Media: Why We Click."

Lee’s research areas lie in natural language processing, social interaction, computational social science, machine learning and artificial intelligence. She is interested in connections between natural language processing and social interaction.

Rubin specializes in information retrieval and natural language processing techniques that enable analyses of texts to identify, extract and organize structured knowledge. In her lab, she examines complex human information behaviors that are expressed through language such as deception, uncertainty, credibility and emotions.

The seminar will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3. The event is open to the campus community. For more information, contact Lu Xiao at lxiao04@syr.edu.

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available at the event. If you require accomodations, please contact Jon Glass at jnglass@syr.edu or (315) 443-8612 by Friday, Oct. 12.