DySoC and NIMBioS are hosting a series of seminars on topics related to social complexity. Monthly seminars will be held at NIMBioS in Room 206, Claxton Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd. Light refreshments will be served in Room 205 beginning 30 minutes before each talk. Faculty and students from across the UT community are welcome to join us.
Speaker: Dr. Neil Johnson, Physics, The George Washington Univ., Washington D.C.
Time/Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 3:30*
Location: Room 206, Claxton Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd.
Topic: Online ecologies of distrust and hate
Abstract: Distrust and hate are thriving on the Internet . In addition to racism, anti-women, anti-Semitism, anti-immigrant, and anti-LGBQT narratives, there is distrust and hate linked to the political world and upcoming U.S. elections, as well as distrust and hate in relation to establishment medicine and science, e.g. anti-vaccinations, climate change. Social media platforms such as Facebook have access to state-of-the-art software tools, yet appear unable to keep it under control. In this talk, I discuss why this might be using mathematical descriptions of ecologies living across networks-of-networks. I also show how the 'sociophysics' of heterogeneous objects offers a fresh understanding of such systems as interacting gels in a multi-dimensional space. I then discuss how this analysis is connected mathematically to the unexpected surge in online pro-ISIS support that arose several years ago .
 N.F. Johnson et al., Hidden resilience and adaptive dynamics of the global online hate ecology, Nature 573, 261 (2019)
 N.F. Johnson et al., New online ecology of adversarial aggregates: ISIS and beyond, Science 352, 1459 (2016)
*Join us for refreshments at 3 p.m.
Seminar Flyer: TBA
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