David Nemer is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. His research and teaching interests cover the intersection of Anthropology of Technology, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Information Anthropology, ICT for Development (ICT4D), and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). He is an ethnographer with fieldwork experience in Havana, Cuba, Guadalajara, Mexico, the favelas of Vitória, Brazil, and in the Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky. David Nemer is the author of Technology of the Oppressed: Inequity and the Digital Mundane in Favelas of Brazil (Forthcoming, MIT Press) and Favela Digital: The other side of technology (2013, GSA). Nemer has written also for The Guardian, El País, The Huffington Post (HuffPost), Salon, and The Intercept_. Nemer is currently examining the problem of online misinformation for democracies worldwide, particularly in countries in the Global South where democratic institutions remain in a beleaguered state. While most research and conversation on the subject of misinformation have focused on online platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, and blogs, little is known about the spread of misinformation on mobile messaging apps, such as Telegrams and WhatsApp. These apps are particularly popular in Global South countries due to the quick spread and adoption of mobile phones in the region. Nemer aims to expand our understanding of the motivations and infrastructures behind the creation, sharing, and consumption of misinformation on messaging apps, and to build awareness and interventions to circumvent their effects.
MDST 3720: Social Media & Global South Societies, MWF 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Wednesdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm (email to set up online appointment).