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May 17 2021

FAD Research Seminar Series (N&MRC): "‘Thank you for sharing’: Overcoming Disinformation through Democratic Deliberation" - Dr Nicole Curato

Please join us for a FAD Research Seminar Series hosted by the N&MRCDate: Monday 17 May 2021Time: 1:30pm-2:30pmLocation: 1A21 & ZoomPresenter Dr Nicole Curato Title ‘Thank you for sharing’: Overcoming Disinformation through Democratic Deliberation Abstract There is a dynamic global community of stakeholders working towards addressing the challenges posed by disinformation, especially during elections. Journalists have launched fact check initiatives. Donors continue to invest in media literacy programmes. Tech platforms like Facebook and Twitter are strengthening their content moderation practices.  These initiatives, while valuable, overlook the voices of ordinary citizens. How do citizens characterise the problem of ‘fake news’ during elections? Do they find disinformation a serious challenge to electoral integrity? Does disinformation offer a greater threat than the longstanding issues of electoral fraud, disenfranchisement, and threats of violence? What can we learn from the collective wisdom of ordinary citizens? To answer these questions, our research team conducted a three-day deliberative forum on disinformation in the Philippines – a country that Facebook considered to be the ‘patient zero’ of the global disinformation epidemic. Twenty-six randomly selected Filipinos from all over the country came together to learn about disinformation.  They deliberated on the dangers created by the spread of ‘fake news,’ answering questions of who should be held accountable for the production of disinformation and who should safeguard social media from its harms. Participants were then asked to generate collective recommendations for stakeholders leading campaigns against disinformation.  Findings of the study reveal that ordinary citizens view disinformation as closely linked to structural issues of the role of money in politics and the precarity of economic labour in a middle-income country’s gig economy.  The presentation concludes by making a call to shift the centre of gravity in scholarship of disinformation. Disinformation studies remain largely shaped by the experiences of the Global North even though many of the disinformation innovations (as well as their remedies) are unfolding in the Global South. The presentation seeks to present an alternative account of disinformation grounded on the lived experiences of disinformation producers and ordinary citizens in disinformation ‘hotspots’ around the world.  Biography Nicole Curato is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. Her work examines how democracy can take root in communities recovering from the trauma of disasters, armed conflict, and urban crime. She is the author of the prize-winning Democracy in a Time of Misery: From Spectacular Tragedy to Deliberative Action (2019, Oxford University Press) and the editor of the Journal of Deliberative Democracy.  

13:30 - 14:30
May 25 2021

Krebs Lecture 2021

Accelerating species recovery through the application of genomics: a tale of the Tasmanian devil and the koala. Australia has the worst mammalian extinction record in the world. We are facing a biodiversity crisis - rapidly losing unique species found no-where else in the world, as well as valuable genetic variation found within those populations. Genetic variation within populations has evolved over millennia, shaped by pathogens, climate and other variables. This variation provides resilience for populations to evolve. But as populations become smaller, critical adaptative genetic variants are lost.The Australasian Wildlife Genomics Group focus on understanding functional genetic diversity in Australia’s threatened species, primarily at risk of disease, with the specific purpose of working with government agencies and NGOs to assist in species recovery. During the Krebs lecture, I will present two case studies of species we are working on – the Tasmanian devil (which has been decimated by two separate contagious cancers) and koalas (which are increasingly susceptible to Chlamydia due to habitat destruction).I will show how genomic data can be used to guide captive breeding and translocation programs and provide evidence that we have increased immunological fitness of wild populations as a result. I will also discuss how immune defence molecules mined from genomes of our native species can be used to combat emerging infectious disease. The Bioplatforms Australia Threatened Species Initiative is applying our approach to a broader range of threatened species, supercharging the way Australia manages its threatened species recovery programs. Professor Kathy Belov AOBSc(Hons) PhD, Professor of Comparative Genomics, Pro Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement, School of Life and Environmental SciencesProfessor Kathy Belov is the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) at the University of Sydney. In this position she takes responsibility for managing the development and execution of the University’s global engagement strategy. Key priorities are the development of the capacity of academic and professional staff to support international student learning and international research collaborations, and to achieve educational excellence in the international arena. She also promotes the University’s position in the international academic and research community, and identifies and enables strategic opportunities for partnership and collaboration in research and education.Kathy’s research is based in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES) and her focus is on comparative genomics and immunogenetics of Australian wildlife. Her team study Tasmanian devils, koalas, wallabies, platypus and many other species. Kathy has received two Eureka awards, the Crozier medal and the Fenner medal for her research. 

18:30 - 20:30
Jul 7 2021

Data Visualization and Storytelling with Bill Shander

Learn the art and science, the theory and practical hands-on tactics of creating compelling communications experiences based on surveys, scientific research, public or proprietary data sources. Join Bill Shander, LinkedIn Learning’s data visualization expert, and top-rated workshop presenter, as he walks through a curriculum specially designed for different members of your team. In individual and team exercises, you will work your way up from basic visual thinking exercises to creating full outlines and plans for static infographics, PowerPoint decks, and/or interactive data experiences.You will practice converting abstract ideas and data into visuals, allowing you to conceptualize and produce a complete idea that is ready for execution. You will gain tangible real-world insights to make every data presentation you create better, as well as long-term best practices and big picture thinking that will forever change your approach to this work.Learn:Strategies for creating memorable and effective data visualizations, data stories and infographics for your organizationHow to think about data and the visual communication of dataPicking the right chart for your dataStorytelling with dataAbout information hierarchy and data visualization best practicesThe neuroscience and psychology behind how your audience will receive your data visualizationsAbout research into best practices for data design and communications----------------------------------------------Bill Shander is an information designer, helping clients turn their data into compelling visual and often interactive experiences. Bill teaches data storytelling, information design and data visualization on LinkedIn Learning, for a Big Four accounting and consulting firm, and in workshops around the world. Clients include the World Bank, United Nations, Starbucks, MIT, multiple U.S. Government agencies, and many more. Bill is also on the board of directors of the Data Visualization Society, a global member-driven community of over 17,000 data visualization professionals.----------------------------------------------Strict limit of 40 participants

10:00 - 13:00
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