Join the Platforming Harm project
The ‘Platforming Harm’ project is a collaboration between the UCD School of Information and Communications Studies and the School of Computer Science. This research project, led by Prof. Eugenia Siapera, is funded through the Irish Research Council COALESCE programme and focuses on health narratives hosted by the so called Alt-Tech social media platforms that have emerged as alternative versions of mainstream platforms.
The project will collect and analyse publicly available data related to Covid-19 hosted on Parler, Bitchute and Telegram along with relevant data from YouTube and Twitter.
Theoretically, the project contributes to understanding the new configurations of the digital public sphere; methodologically, it develops a new methodology for tracking information across platforms; empirically it provides a map of potentially harmful health narratives on Covid-19; and in terms of policy, it contributes to digital literacy initiatives and to content moderation policies.
Two new team members are being recruited for this project.
- Post Doc on Computer Science: This postdoc will be responsible for data gathering and the application of topic modelling to these data. The postdoc will be located in the School of Computer Science but will work closely with researchers in the School of Information and Communications Studies. Apply through the UCD vacancies website, https://www.ucd.ie/workatucd/jobs/using the job reference number 013648
- Research Assistant (social sciences/humanities): The RA will be responsible for qualitative data analysis. The position will be located in the School of Information and Communications Studies but will work closely with the School of Computer Science. Apply through the UCD vacancies website, https://www.ucd.ie/workatucd/jobs/using the job reference number 013662