Lunch & Learn with Dr. Jeremy Blackburn

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Lunch & Learn with Dr. Jeremy Blackburn
Monday, November 25, 2019
11:30 am


Lunch & Learn with Dr. Jeremy Blackburn
Monday, Nov. 25 | 11:30 am
No Charge
“Understanding Anti-Semitism on the Web” with Dr. Jeremy Blackburn, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Binghamton University in New York.
A new wave of growing anti-Semitism, driven by fringe Web communities, is an increasingly worrying presence in the socio-political realm. The pervasive and global nature of the Web has provided tools used by these groups to spread their ideology to the rest of the Internet. Although the study of anti-Semitism and hate is not new, the scale and rate of change of online data has impacted the efficacy of traditional approaches to measure and understand this worrying trend. Dr. Jeremy Blackburn, an alumnus of USF and Congregation Schaarai Zedek, will share his quantitative research of the spread of anti-Semitism across hundreds of millions of comments and images from Web communities like 4chan and Gab.com.
Dr. Blackburn is broadly interested in data science, with a focus on large-scale measurements and modeling. His largest line of work is in understanding “jerks on the Internet.” His research into understanding toxic behavior, hate speech, and fringe and extremist Web communities has been covered in the press by The Washington Post, the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC, and New Scientist, among others.
Lunch & Learn is an opportunity to study with our clergy or a guest speaker. We provide an excellent speaker and a light lunch. All you need to bring is an open mind.
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