Social Media Networks and the Production of Discourses

Analysing the role of social media in generating conversations

Social media is simultaneously reviled and celebrated for its role in social movements and public discourse. It is as much an enabler as it is a hindrance to the democratic engagement of voices. With a vast possibility of outcomes, and given its impact on the nation’s destiny, social media networks have not yet been given due attention. More regulation is not an answer, but self-regulation is an oxymoron.

In this talk, Sandeep Khurana, researcher on tech in the public sphere, will present two contrasting and contemporary case studies on the role of social media in #MeTooIndia and hate speech, to draw insights and trigger discussion on the path ahead.

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Date: Monday, 11 May, 2020
Time: 7:30 PM 8:45 PM
Format: Lecture, followed by audience discussion.
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Who should participate:

  1. Media and media tech practitioners
  2. Data scientists
  3. Researchers
  4. Engineers

About the speaker: Sandeep Khurana is a data scientist and research scholar. An ex-army officer, Sandeep completed post-graduate degree from the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. Post that, he has experience in managing large projects in IT and technology sector, in India and the US. Over last decade or so, he has been drawn towards research and public causes. He is currently a research scholar with Indian School of Business (ISB). His research interests are social movements, social media, healthcare and e-commerce.
Sandeep Khurana previously spoke at The Fifth Elephant 2019 edition on how social network analysis is applied, citing four case studies. Watch the video here:

About the moderator: Dr. Padmini Ray Murray is the founder of Design Beku, a collective that works to change and shift our approach to how we think about design and technology as processes of co-creation and participation, that facilitates rather than dictates.

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Lecture: Role of social media networks in the production of discourses

Lecture: Role of social media networks in the production of discourses

Sandeep Khurana

2 hours11 May 2020




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