Social media platforms have become thoroughly efficient at connecting many people quickly, making Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and others indispensable to our families, our friends, our work and every part of our lives. Read the full story here >
UCT’s Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change launches a project to combat COVID-19 fake news. Over the next six months, social media analytics will be used to track and counter the spread of fake news.
The Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change, incubated by the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Graduate School of Business, has launched a six-month project that will use social media analytics and advocacy to combat the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus in South Africa and beyond. Associate...
The rhetoric of war, and the unfortunate term ‘lockdown’ are even more misplaced in this crisis because it takes people to change a society, not simply putting stringent rules or regulations in place and enforcing them through the barrel of a gun. An Op-ed published by Daily Maverick. Written by Camaren Peter, director and executive...
Guest: Prof Camaren Peter Director at Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change talks with Cape Talk’s John Maytham on the use of technology to manipulate people. Listen to the full interview
A new study of social media posts has found that a large number of South Africans are xenophobic. Director of the Citizen Research Centre Stuart Jones has been conducting research on xenophobia in terms of social media since 2011. Read the full article here >
Social Media data points towards large scale xenophobia in South Africa.
Never before in human history has the ability to manipulate people been as easy and widespread as it is now. In the past, the more homogeneous communities were, the more vulnerable people were to propagandistic rhetoric and messaging. Read the full article >