Science is Politics by Other Means

FRI, MAY 29, 2020 (00:00)

Explore whether the rigorous peer review process – a process that has traditionally safeguarded information quality control – can compete in a media ecosystem riddled with fast-paced health misinformation and dangerous speculation. Panelists discuss the flurry of preprints and the limitations of correcting the record after an article has hit the mainstream. The panel also offers insight into how scientific communities are wrestling with new uncertainties and heightened public visibility, while forging new pathways for curating knowledge amidst the infodemic.

This talk is part of the Big, If True webinar series hosted by Joan Donovan, Ph.D., who heads up the Technology and Social Change Research Project (TaSC) at Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.


+ BIO: Irene Pasquetto, PhD

Irene Pasquetto, PhD is a scholar in the field of information and communication studies.

She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), where she researches online disinformation. At HKS, Irene is the Chief Editor of a new academic publication, the Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review. She is an incoming assistant professor at the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Irene earned a Ph.D. in Information Studies from UCLA, a M.A. in Media Studies and Journalism and a B.A. in Communication Studies from L’Università degli Studi di Verona (Italy).

+ BIO: Jasmine McNealy, PhD

Jasmine McNealy, PhD is an attorney and an associate professor in the department of telecommunication at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications where she is an affiliate of the STEM Translational Research Center and the UF Informatics institute.

Her research focuses on privacy, online media, and communities. She is currently a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, an Affiliate of the Data & Society Research Institute, and was recently named Associate Director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project.

+ BIO: Jeremy S. Faust, MD

Jeremy S. Faust, MD is an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the division of health policy and public health and an instructor at Harvard Medical School.

He is the medical editor-in-chief of ACEP Now, the monthly magazine of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Jeremy is the co-host of the award-winning medical education podcast, FOAMcast, as well as the editor-in-chief of Brief19, a daily roundup of COVID-19 research and policy. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, Scientific American, and frequently in Slate.

+ BIO: Joan Donovan

Dr. Joan Donovan is Director of the Technology and Social Change (TaSC) Research Project at the Shorenstein Center. Dr. Donovan leads the field in examining internet and technology studies, online extremism, media manipulation, and disinformation campaigns.

Dr. Donovan’s research and teaching interests are focused on media manipulation, effects of disinformation campaigns, and adversarial media movements.

Dr. Donovan’s research can be found in academic peer-reviewed journals such as Social Media + Society, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (JCE), Information, Communication & Society, Social Studies of Science, and Online Information Review. Her contributions can also be found in the books, Data Science Landscape: Towards Research Standards and Protocols and Unlike Us Reader: Social Media Monopolies and Their Alternatives. Dr. Donovan’s research and expertise has been showcased in a wide array of media outlets including NPR, Washington Post, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, and more.

Prior to joining Harvard Kennedy School, Dr. Donovan was the Research Lead for Data & Society’s Media Manipulation Initiative, where she led a large team of researchers studying efforts to manipulate sociotechnical systems for political gain. She continues to hold an affiliate appointment with Data & Society.

Dr. Donovan received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Science Studies from the University of California San Diego, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, where she studied white supremacists’ use of DNA ancestry tests, social movements, and technology.

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