Democratic Audit post on coronavirus ‘fake news’

I have written a post for Democratic Audit on the spread of coronavirus ‘fake news’ over the past few months. I discuss how false stories about COVID-19 ‘cures’ can have deadly consequences, as seen in Iran where hundreds of people died after drinking methanol in the mistaken belief it would protect them from the virus. While conspiracy theories about the virus being a ‘biological weapon’ have emerged online, their impact should not be exaggerated. Instead, we should focus on the misinformation spread by political leaders such as Donald Trump, which is more likely to have an impact on the behaviour of citizens.

Thanks to Alice Park and the fantastic DA team for their help in publishing this. The post can be found here

WSIS Policy Briefs published

During the past few weeks I have had the pleasure of working with several members of our GLOSS WSIS 2019 team on their blogs and policy briefs. These are detailed below:

Policy Briefs:

Baskaradas, E., and Reilly, P. (2019) In search of a gender-balanced approach towards Smart Cities 3.0, Policy Brief, Global Policy, 25 April.

Baskett, V. and Reilly, P. (2019) Educational Digital Divides: addressing English  monolingualism within academic research, Policy Brief, Global Policy, 23 April.

Kisbee-Batho, R. and Reilly, P. (2019) Legal identity as a barrier to digital connectivity for refugees, Global Policy Opinion, 22 April.

Pinney, M. and Reilly, P. (2019) e-Agriculture: coordinating fields to save the environment, Policy Brief, Global Policy, 16 April.

Blogs

Reilly, P. (2019) WSIS 2019 Panel ‘ICTs in the University Environment (Part 2), Global Policy Opinion, 25 April.

Reilly, P. (2019) WSIS 2019 Panel ‘ICTs in the University Environment (Part 1), Global Policy Opinion, 24 April.

Reilly, P. (2019) Antidote or Placebo? Digital literacy and the global fight against ‘fake news,‘ Global Policy Opinion, 17 April.

Kirby, D., Pinney, M., & Reilly, P. (2019) VeganCoin: new kid on the block(chain),Global Policy Opinion, 11 April.

Baskett, V., Heminway, R., & Reilly, P. (2019) Making academia an open book? Bibliodiversity and open publishing, Global Policy Opinion, 10 April.

Democratic Audit piece on social media and paramilitary-style assaults published

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Dr Faith Gordon (Monash University) and I have published an essay on the role of social media in combatting paramilitary-style assaults in Northern Ireland. In the piece, we draw on the work of the Stop Attacks Forum and Ending the Harm to explore how social media can raise awareness of these incidents. This is part of an ongoing project that Faith and I are working on – more details to come soon!

The post can be read here

Blogpost on Kingsmill video row published on Democratic Audit

I have published a piece for Democratic Audit UK on the role of social media in the Kingsmill bread video row, which culminated in the resignation of Sinn Fein MP Barry McElduff last week.  I argue that this incident illustrates how hybrid media logics operate in Northern Ireland, with professional journalists increasingly using social media such as Twitter not only to source stories, but also to hold politicians to account for what they post online. The post can be found here