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Workshop 1: Digital Media and Digital Data

Venue: Birkbeck Main Building, Malet Street

Hosted by the Centre for Media and Democracy at Birkbeck, University of London, this workshop series aims to facilitate collaboration across charities, local governments, academics and activists to respond to the challenges digital and social media pose to public life and public health.  
In response to recent rise of far-right extremism and reactionary scepticism around the Covid pandemic, there has been a focus on debunking ‘disinformation’ and on regulating the major platforms. These are important goals, but they are not solutions that offer immediate help to local communities.  
Starting from the premise that digital media are fully integrated into our daily lives, this workshop series brings together groups and organisations working on public health, mental health, youth work and anti-racism to develop informed, collaborative and practical strategies to respond to digital harms.  
The focus will be on combining expertise and on putting academic research and academic funding opportunities to work for organisations. 
Following from a launch event, the workshops will focus on three distinct but cross-cutting themes. Attendees are encouraged to attend all three workshops, but it also possible to sign up for one or two workshops. 
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Travel reimbursement is available for all attendees (Zones 1-6). Additional travel reimbursement available by application. 

Workshop 1: Digital Media and Digital Data

Although digital media are fully embedded in our daily live and routines, they are still highly personal. Everyone has their own personal ‘feed’ on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and so on. How do we develop strategies for understanding how digital media are shaping the work charities and activists do and the lives of the communities they serve? 

Opening Speaker 

Chris Ashworth, Head of Social Impact at Nominet 

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