Our focus is on identifying avenues and understanding the mechanics of online radicalization. Our end-goal is to use this understanding to develop better (more effective and scalable) interventions for vulnerable individuals on the cusp of radicalization.
We are currently working on several projects to (1) identify how radical ideologies flow between online communities and from online to offline communities, (2) measure the impact of algorithmic bias in search and recommendation systems on the ideologies of vulnerable individuals, and (3) understand how the misuse of new technologies (e.g., push notifications) can unintentionally result in populations more vulnerable to radicalization.
Rishab Nithyanand, Brian Schaffner, and Phillipa Gill. Online Political Discourse in the Trump Era. CoRR, 2017.
Rishab Nithyanand, Brian Schaffner, and Phillipa Gill. Measuring Offensive Speech in Online Political Discourse. 7th USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet, FOCI 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 14, 2017., 2017.