Recent Talks

Invited discussant, Session on Responses to Digital Disinformation, Weaponization of Disinformation in Canada Workshop, Waterloo, Canada, April 27-28, 2023

Invited speaker, Session on The Technological Context, CIFAR Symposium on Misinformation: Understanding the context and being a part of the solution, Toronto, Canada, April 18, 2023

Invited speaker, Examining the Spread of Disinformation in the Russia-Ukraine War, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA, April 14, 2023

Invited speaker, Insights on Social Media Disinformation in the Russia-Ukraine War, Arizona State University, Tucson, USA, April 11, 2023

Invited panelist, Panel on Let’s Talk Misinformation, Let’s Talk Science, Online, December 1, 2022

Invited panelist, Panel on War Propaganda and Counter-Propaganda in Social Media, The German Canadian Media Symposium (GCMS), Massey College at the University of Toronto, Canada, November 29, 2022

Invited speaker, The Fog of War: Examining the Spread of Dis- & Misinformation in the Russia-Ukraine War on Social Media, Association for Information Science and Technology, SIG-SM, Online, August 4, 2022

Invited speaker, Inoculating Against an Infodemic, Speaker Series on Perspectives: Dialogue and Debate, Online, April 21, 2022.

Invited panelist, Public Panel on Inoculating an infodemic, Royal Roads University, February 28, 2022.

Keynote, Computational Approaches to Studying Anti-Social Behaviour on Social Media, DEVIANCE 2021: Workshop on Deviant Activities on Social Media, Co-located with 2021 IEEE Conference on Big Data, December 16, 2021

Invited panelist, The Scope and Scale of Online Intimidation, RSC COEE2021: Celebration of Excellence and Engagement, November 15-20, 2021

Invited speaker, Studying the COVID-19 Infodemic at Scale, Public lecture as part of the Rogers Chair guest speaker series, Western University, October 28, 2021

Invited panelist, Responsible Social Media Mining, The 7th International Workshop on Mining Actionable Insights from Social Networks, Special Edition on Responsible Social Media Mining (MAISoN’21), August 21, 2021

Invited speaker, Inoculating Against an Infodemic: COVID-19 News, Social Media, and Misinformation, Public Health Summer Institute 2021, June 24-25, 2021.

Invited speaker, Computational Approaches to Studying Anti-Social Behaviour in Social Media, Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (virtual event), Université du Québec à Montréal, June 15, 2021

Invited speaker, How do we fight the Covid-19 Infodemic? International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA) Roundtable, May 11, 2021

Invited speaker, Inoculating Against an Infodemic: COVID-19 News, Social Media, and Misinformation, Invited talk at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany, March 2, 2021

Invited expert discussant, Responding to the Infodemic, Roundtable hosted by Digital Public Square & TikTok Canada (online). February 2, 2021

Invited panelist, Infoveillance: Data, Privacy, Equality and Surveillance, RSC COEE2020: Celebration of Excellence and Engagement, November 23-29, 2020

Invited expert discussant, Virtual deliberative session to determine AI/ML research priorities to increase public confidence in vaccines, Public Health Ontario, November 2 & 12, 2020

Keynote, Inoculating Against an Infodemic, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute (TGHRI) Research Day, online, November 4, 2020

Invited speaker, Studying the Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation on Social Media, Meeting with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Strategic Policy and Planning Division, October 29, 2020

Invited speaker, The Role of Open Access & Social Media in Knowledge Mobilization and Discovery, Ryerson University Library Open Access Week, October 19, 2020

Invited expert discussant, WHO Global Infodemiology Conference, Geneva, Switzerland and online, June 29 –  July 16, 2020

Invited speaker, Inoculating against an Infodemic: COVID-19 News, Social Media, & Misinformation, a CanCOVID Speaker Series (online), June 19, 2020

Invited speaker, Come for the Misinformation, Stay for the Facts, The Democratic Engagement Exchange initiative of the Ryerson University Faculty of Arts, Toronto (online), April 14, 2020

Invited industry talk, Cybervetting and the Public Life of Social Media Data, Ramsay’s Breakfast Talks, Toronto (December 4, 2019)

Keynote, Political Engagement and Misinformation Campaigns on Social Media, the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association conference, Ottawa, Canada (September 18, 2019)

Invited panelist, Election 2019: Democracy and Manipulation in The Internet Age organized by MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada (September 10, 2019)

Invited speaker, Research & Teaching in the Social Media Age, Ontario Ministry of Education, Toronto (June 25, 2019)

Invited panelist, Digital Technology’s Impact on How Media and Higher Education Communicate. Worldviews Conference on Media and Higher Education, Toronto (June 14, 2019)

Invited workshop speaker, Detecting and Studying Misinformation Campaigns on Social Media, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong (April 29-30, 2019)

Invited speaker, Real Insights into Fake News: Decoding Online Social Network, Digital Enterprise Seminar Series, Ryerson University (April 10, 2019)

Invited plenary speaker, How Fake News Spreads Through Online Social Networks, CRAM Toronto (April 5, 2019)

Invited panelist, International Perspectives on How Digital Technology Shapes Democracy organized by the Canadian International Council in Toronto (March 22, 2019)

Invited panelist, Misinformation, Bots and #Democracy, Canadian Internet Governance Forum, Toronto, Canada (February 27, 2019)

Invited panelist, Popular Defiance, World Affairs Conference, Upper Canada College, Toronto (February 5, 2019)

Invited participant, Social Science Foo Camp, Facebook HQ, Menlo Park, CA, USA (February 1-3, 2019)

Invited plenary speaker, Social Media Data Ethics Revisited: Computational Social Science and Digital Humanities after the Cambridge Analytica Scandal, Symposium on Rethinking Digital Humanities, Montreal, QC (October 28, 2018)

Invited panelist, Demystifying Big Data, Edelman’s Shop Talk 6.0 event, Toronto, Canada (April 26, 2018)
Invited panelist, Portage and Research Data Management in Canada, Ryerson University (January 30, 2018)
Invited panelist, Election 2019 and the Rise of Misinformation, Universities Canada GRO and DoC meeting, Ottawa, Canada (February 27 – March 1, 2018)
Invited participant, Social Science Foo Camp, Facebook HQ, Menlo Park, CA, USA (February 2-4, 2018)
Invited participant, Workshop on Bridging Industry and Academia to Tackle Responsible Research and Privacy Practices, Facebook, New York, USA (November 2-3, 2017)
Invited panelist, Facebook’s Canadian Election Integrity Initiative Panel, Economic Club of Canada, Ottawa, Canada (October 19, 2017).
Keynote, “Listening and Giving Voice to Ideas with Social Media Data”, Altmetrics Conference, Toronto, Canada (September 27, 2017).
Invited workshop speaker, “Sampling and Recruiting on Facebook”, Summer Specialist Meeting on Social Media Analytics and Decision Support Systems: Applications to Public Health and Crisis Management, San Diego, USA (August 15-16, 2017).
Keynote, “Studying Online and Offline Communities through the Prism of Social Media Data”, International Symposium on Spatiotemporal Computing (ISSC), Harvard University, Cambridge, USA (August 7-9, 2017).
Workshop Facilitator, “Social Listening: How to Do It and How to Use It”. Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) Conference, Quebec City, Canada (June 20, 2017)
Panelist, “Expanding our Understanding of Social Media Use in Public Management”. The 2017 Public Management Research Conference, Washington, DC (June 8-10, 2017)
Guest speaker, “Social Bots,” the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Canada (March 24, 2017)
Guest speaker, “Analyzing Communication Networks in Social Media”, The iSchool, Syracuse University, USA (February 27, 2017)
Guest speaker, “The Use of Social Media during the 2014 Euromaidan Revolution in Ukraine”, Brown Bag Guest Lecture Series, The Department of Communication, University at Buffalo (February 24, 2017)
Workshop Facilitator, “Analyzing Social Media and Learning Through Content and Social Network Analysis: A Faceted Methodological Approach”, Workshop Series organized in collaboration between the Open University of Hong Kong, Caritas Institute of Higher Education and School of Professional Education and Executive Development, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (February 20, 2017)
Guest speaker, “Detecting Social Bots”, Guest Speaker Series, York University, Toronto, Canada (January 20, 2016)
Guest speaker, Workshop on “Social Media & the Big Data Explosion,” the Zone Learning Analytics School at Ryerson University (November 26, 2016).
Guest speaker, “Who Are We Studying in Social Media: Bots or Humans?”, Guest Speaker Series, IEEE Toronto Systems and WIE Chapters, Toronto, Canada (November 24, 2016)
Guest speaker, “Social Media Data Analytics”, University of Groningen, Netherlands (October 24, 2016)
Workshop facilitator, “Social Media Data Collection & Network Analysis”, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany (October 19, 2016)
Guest speaker, “Research with Social Media Data – Data Stewardship & Ethical Considerations”, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany (October 11, 2016)
Guest speaker, “Studying Online Interactions using Social Network Analysis”, Research Seminar, University at Buffalo, NY, USA (September 28, 2016)
Plenary speaker, “Challenges in Social Media Analytics: Are We Studying Bots or Humans?”, 2016 Summer Specialist Meeting on Human Dynamics and Big Data, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA (August 1-3, 2016)
Plenary speaker, “Studying Learning Processes in Social Media with the help of Social Network Analysis”, the Third International Conference on Open and Flexible Education (ICOFE 2016), Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (July 6-8, 2016)
Keynote, “Public Diplomacy for the Social Media Age,” Workshop on #Diplometrics: Public Diplomacy & Advocacy for Effective Results organized by Global Affairs Canada and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD), Ottawa, Canada (April 20-21, 2016)
Panelist, Workshop on “Diversifying Canada’s Economy Through Strong Digital Policy,” organized by Canada’s Digital Policy Forum, Ottawa, Canada (April 19, 2016).
Keynote, “Who Are We Modelling: Bots or Humans?” Workshop on Modeling Social Media as part of the 25th International Conference on World Wide Web, Montreal, Canada (April 12, 2016).
A hands-on session on “Social Media Analytics with R & Netlytic,” Social Media Workshop, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China (December 3-4, 2015)
Plenary speaker, “Studying digital narratives through the prism of social media data,” Symposium on Technology and Digital Narratives, Universidade Federal do Maranhão, Brazil (November 17-18, 2015)
The Use of Twitter during the 2014 Crisis in Ukraine: A Tale of Three Languages,” Conference on Social Media, Activism, and Organisations (#SMAO15), Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK (November 6, 2015)
A hands-on session on “Social Media Analytics,” Social Media Workshop, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN, USA (October 30, 2015)
Plenary speaker, “Enabling Community through Social Media,” Panel session at the 22nd Annual International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISQOOL) Conference, Vancouver, Canada (October 24, 2015)
Keynote, “The Use of Social Media during the 2014 Crisis in Ukraine,” Workshop on Social Media Analysis and Its Application in Research, The Carolinas ASIS&T Reginal Chapter, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA (October 19, 2015)
Studying Online Interactions using Social Network Analysis,” BCC Educational Discourse Workshop, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, USA (October 5-6, 2015)
“The Use of Social Media during the 2014 Crisis in Ukraine”, Workshop on “Representing Human Dynamics with Big Data, Social Media, and Social Networks in Hyperlocal Contexts”, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA, August 11-12, 2015
Keynote, “Developing and Testing New Analytic Tools for Discovering and Visualizing Social Media Data and Online Social Networks”, RECONNECT 2015: Workshop on Social Networks, Mathematical and Computational Tools with applications to Homeland Security, Rochester, NY, USA (June 14-20, 2015)
Learning Analytics for the Social Media Age”, BCC Educational Discourse Workshop, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA (May 4-5, 2015)
“Online Social Networks and Social Media Use in Ukraine”, Invited talk, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA (April 30, 2015)
The Use of Twitter during the 2014 Crisis in Ukraine: A Tale of Three Languages,” 1st International Conference on Twitter for Research, Lyon, France (April 24, 2015)
The Use of Social Media during the 2014 Crisis in Ukraine”, The Center for Global Communication Studies, The Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA (April 9, 2015)
Data Stewardship & Ethical Considerations”, KMDI Speaker Series, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada (February 11, 2015)
Workshop on “Social Media Research Workshop: Tools and Methods / Results from Analyses of Social Media Data”, the 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Kauai, HI, USA (January 5, 2015)
Research with Social Media Data and Ethical Considerations”, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada (November 19, 2014)
Workshop on Social Big Data Analytics, Carlton University, Ottawa, Canada (November 13, 2014)
Panel on “The Role of Social and other Media in the Unrests in Egypt, Turkey and Ukraine”, ASIS&T 2014 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, USA (November 4, 2014)
Emerging Challenges and Opportunities in Social Big Data Stewardship”, Ryerson University Library, Invited talk, Toronto (October 15, 2014)
Panel on “Networked Influence in Social Media”, Social Media & Society conference, Toronto, Canada (September 27, 2014)
LASI 2014 Workshop on Learning Analytics for the Social Media Age, Harvard University, MA, USA (June 30, 2014)
Invited talks at the University of Hong Kong

“Automated Discovery and Visualization of Communication Networks from Social Media”, DIMACS Workshop on Building Communities for Transforming Social Media Research Through New Approaches for Collecting, Analyzing, and Exploring Social Media Data, Rutgers University, USA, April 10-11, 2014.
“Wired Academia: Why Social Science Scholars are using Social Media”, London School of Economic, London, United Kingdom, February 20, 2014
Big Data & Society Editorial Team panel, Goldsmiths University of London Seminar Series, London, United Kingdom, February 19, 2014
Keynote, Social Media Workshop on Outreach & Impact Aspects, The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom, February 16, 2014

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