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Censored: Distraction and Diversion Inside China's Great Firewall?


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Date and time 13.06.2019 16:0017:00  
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Speaker Prof. Margaret Roberts of the University of California, San Diego
Category Conferences - Seminars
About the speaker
Margaret Roberts studies political methodology and the politics of information, with a specific focus on the methods of automated content analysis and politics of censorship in China. She uses large, online datasets to reverse-engineer the content of censorship and online propaganda in China and estimate its impact on citizens' access to information. Professor Roberts received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2014 and M.S. in statistics from Stanford University in 2009.
Currently, she is working on a variety of projects that span censorship, propaganda, topic models and other methods of text analysis.

About the seminar
Censored: Distraction and Diversion Inside China's Great Firewall (2018, Princeton University Press) describes how incomplete and porous censorship in China have an impact on information consumption in China, even when censorship is easy to circumvent. Using new methods to measure the influence of censorship and propaganda, I present a theory that explains how censorship impacts citizens' access to information and in turn why authoritarian regimes decide to use different types of censorship in different circumstances to control the spread of information.

Hosts: About the Seminar series

The College of Management of Technology, in collaboration with the School of Computer & Communication Sciences, has launched a new EPFL Seminar series on “Computational Social Sciences & Economics.” The seminars will bring in leading guest speakers to examine questions that are of great importance for EPFL and society more broadly.