Prof. Dr. Felix Naumann

Project Description

User participation has become an integral part of news, journalism, and political communication. Social networks are not merely a representation of users' real-world relations but function as information distributors, protest platforms, and political campaign tools. News are no longer dominated by news corporations, instead, everybody can report news, discuss topics in public and share their opinions. Democracy 2.0 allows participation in political processes at a finger tip and information is available to everybody at any time. The downside of this development - fake news, hate speech, online stalking - poses a thread to the open, participatory discussion culture. In this project, we focus on the analysis of news in traditional media, e.g. by analyzing political bias in major news outlets and analyzing comments on news articles to identify, e.g., hate speech. We also investigate social networks and the information that can be extracted from them.