The EMPA 2020 Conference successfully created a virtual event, and EMPA is taking this opportunity to provide delegates with further digital access to expert presentations in a series of free webinars over the next few months.

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Understanding fake news in emergencies - bots, trolls and the media cycle

Social media bots and trolls have taken over from rumours as the next big challenge for emergency response communicators – but do we know enough to counter their destructive messaging? 

Queensland University of Technology social media researcher, Tim Graham, is part of a research team that investigated the role of bots and trolls in the rise of #ArsonEmergency during the bushfires, and is now examining similar false narratives in COVID-19. Join the first EMPA webinar to discover how to detect the influence of bots and trolls on emergency dialogue, and the motivations of these types of Twitterati that will help you counter these false narratives.

DATE: 14 May 2020
TIME: 12.00 pm AEST


Dr Tim Graham

Dr Graham is Senior Lecturer in Digital Media at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). His research combines computational methods with social theory to study online networks and platforms, with a particular interest in online bots and trolls, disinformation, and online ratings and rankings devices.

He is a Chief Investigator of an ARC Discovery Project that utilises large-scale hyperlink network analysis and web experiments to comparatively assess the web presence of 10 countries. He develops open source software tools for big data analysis, and has published in journals such as Information, Communication & Society, Information Polity, Big Data & Society, and Critical Social Policy.

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