Google Algorithms

Have you ever noticed what comes up when you type in a person’s name in Google search? If you search for well-known conspiracist David Icke the subtitle under his name is “Former Footballer.” What if you look up the name of other conspiracy theorists or those associated with right-wing extremism? What does the subtitle read? Well, our recently published article explains what is happening and the possible ramifications.

Advisory Board Member

I am proud to announce that I have accepted an invitation to join The Vaccine Uptake Network, a project of the Metropolis Institute and the Association for Canadian Studies. I will be addressing the impact and role of disinformation/conspiracy theories in vaccine hesitancy in Canada. The Metropolis Institute has created a network dedicated to improving COVID-19 vaccine uptake and building confidence among newcomer and racialized communities across Canada through two key pillars: research and outreach.

Hating on Social Media Symposium

The Centre on Hate, Bias, and Extremism hosted an online symposium with scholars from across Canada engaging in a dialogue of the issues surrounding right-wing extremism on social media. I was honoured to participate with two separate presentations. Seeping Hate is a presentation of my research, in early stages, on the means through which deplatformed users continue to post content, and spread their messages. The far-right and the ugly side of social media: dark participation on BitChute is a presentation with the team at The Disinformation Project at SFU, where I am a Post-doctoral Fellow.

Conference Presentation: “History Repeating: The John Birch Society, Patriot Churches, and Political Social Movements”

I will be presenting my current research on the influence of the John Birch Society on both the Patriot Church movement and the Black Robe Regiment religo-political movements at the the Association for the Scientific Study of Religion, in Irving, Texas.

The conference will be held March 4-6, 2022. For more information about the conference, please click here.

Conference Presentation: “Victimhood and Persecution, the Role of White Nationalists in Canadian Populism.”

I will presenting my research on the role of Christian Persecution and Victimhood as a tool for white nationalists on Twitter to mobilize and recruit at the American Academy of Religion – South West Regional Conference, in Irving, Texas.

The conference is being held on March 4-6, 2022. For more information and to register please click here.

Conference Presentation: The far-right and the ugly side of social media: Dark Participation on BitChute”

Myself and the research team at the Disinformation Project at SFU, will be presenting our research on dark participation/conspiracy theories on BitChute.

Centre on Hate, Bias, and Extremism: Hating on Social Media Symposium. February 7-10, 2022. For more information or to register click here.

Conference Presentation: Seeping Hate

I will be presenting a video presentation of my recent research into the use of social media, by those who have been deplatformed. While YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook have received positive media for deplatforming individuals for violations of hate speech, conspiracy, and racism policies, the deplatformed individuals are easily available on these platforms via their media brands.

Centre on Hate, Bias, and Extremism: Hating on Social Media Symposium. February 7-10, 2022. For more information or to register click here.

Political Leaders Need to Address Violence, Hate Seen on the Campaign Trail

This is an article in The Hill Times which I was interviewed for:

“The things that are providing some of this momentum is people’s sense of injustice to things. And it articulates their fears,” she said. “In many ways, we pay a lot of attention to the salacious nature of things without actually
looking underneath to see what are the topics and the injustice as a society that we need to address or speak to”

The article is behind a paywall, but you can find it here.

Research Consultant—Disinformation Literacy

I am excited to announce that I will be working with Dr. Megan Boler at the University of Toronto and Dr. Barbara Perry at the Centre on Hate, Bias, and Extremism, as a Research Consultant on their project “Promoting Social Cohesion and Resilience to Far-Right Disinformation through Adult Disinformation Literacy: A Systematic Review and Pilot Assessment of Gaps and Needs.” This is an amazing preliminary project to assess where we need to develop adult literacy on disinformation. I am super excited to work with both these academics, and to continue my connection with Dr. Perry.