The Oxford Internet Institute is delighted to welcome David Nemer from the University of Virginia, for his talk entitled 'Geographies of Hate: Uncovering Spaces of Misinformation, Racism, and Extremism in Brazil'

How did Brazil go from a progressive left-wing female president to a far-right male president? To answer this question, David brings a unique perspective that takes into account the uses of technology by favela (urban slums) residents, social movements, and public spaces. This study is based on a 10-month ethnography in the favelas of Vitória, Brazil and 5-month online qualitative study in WhatsApp groups during Brazil’s elections.

He will discuss two different studies: one that draws on a 10-month ethnography in the favelas of Vitória, Brazil to study slum residents’ social media practices and engagements; and another one that draws on a 5-month online qualitative study in WhatsApp groups during Brazil’s elections in order to uncover hidden spaces of populism and misinformation. He will show how social media afforded the marginalized the ability to organize, create content, protest, and cross social boundaries, but when that happened they faced something much stronger: social exclusion, police brutality against the blacks and poor, and limited civic engagement.

About the speakers

  • David Nemer

    Affiliation: University of Virginia

    David Nemer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. His research and teaching interests cover the intersection of Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies (STS), Information Anthropology, ICT for Development (ICT4D), and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Nemer is an ethnographer whose fieldworks include the Slums of Vitória, Brazil; Havana, Cuba; and Eastern Kentucky, Appalachia. Nemer is the author of Favela Digital: The other side of technology (Editora GSA, 2013). He holds a Ph.D. in Informatics (track Computing, Culture, and Society) from Indiana University and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from Saarland University. Nemer has written for The Guardian, El País, and The Tribune.

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