Social Media Lab Talk: Information Wars & Online Activism in the Ukraine Crisis

TRSMlogoJoin us on Friday, March 13, at 2:15 at Ted Rogers School of Management for a talk on “Information Wars and Online Activism During the 2013/2014 Crisis in Ukraine” by Dr. Antoliy Gruzd, Director of the Ryerson Social media Lab. The talk is based on a paper soon to be published in the journal Policy and Internet by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. See details below.

Title: Information Wars and Online Activism During the 2013/2014 Crisis in Ukraine by Dr. Antoliy Gruzd, Director of the Ryerson Social media Lab at Ted Rogers School of Management

Date: Friday, March 13, 2:15-3:30 (EDT)

Location:   Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management

55 Dundas St. West, Toronto, ON Canada,

Room TRS 1-010 (7th floor, across the elevators),

Abstract: This talk examines how online groups are formed and sustained during crisis periods, especially when political polarization in society is at its highest level.  The talk will focus on the use of Vkontakte (VK), a popular Facebook-like social networking site in Ukraine, to understand how it was used by Pro- and Anti-Maidan groups during the 2013/14 crisis in Ukraine. In particular, the talk will examine whether and to what extent the ideology (or other factors) of a particular group shapes its network structure.