DS Salon Vol. 3: Social Media – Monitoring Their Impact on Civil Society


Dear Community,

The previous edition of the Data Science Salon saw the kick-off of the VDSG’s data4good initiative; we now take the latest data4good project, a collaboration with wahlbeobachtung.org to monitor the Austrian election campaign on social media, as inspiration for this latest volume of the salon.

Come join wahlbeobachtung.org (represented by Dr. Armin Rabitsch), Amnesty International Italy (represented by Martina Chichi), ISPA (represented by Dr. Maximilian Schubert) and data4good (represented by Rania Wazir) as we discuss:

* What is the role of social media in election campaigns?
* Why is it important to monitor them? (Arguments for monitoring social media.)
* What are the arguments against monitoring (privacy, free speech, abuse by un-democratic regimes)?
* What is the current status of such monitoring campaigns (legal, regulatory, technical)?
* What insights have we gained from social media monitoring to date?
* Which recommendations for the road ahead?

A note about our panelists:
wahlbeobachtung.org is an independent non-profit organisation that has been advocating for election reform in Austria since 2013. In collaboration with VDSG/data4good, they conducted a social media monitoring to investigate the impact of social media activity by political agents on the campaign for the parliamentary elections held this September.

Amnesty International Italy is the Italian branch of the well-known worldwide Human Rights watchdog Amnesty International. As part of it’s Barometro dell’Odio (“Hate Barometer”) project, Amnesty Italy has been mobilizing activists and monitoring online hate speech and related phenomena for two years.

Internet Service Providers Austria (ISPA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1997. It represents over 200 members from all sectors of the Internet industry and digital economy, acting as its voice towards politics and the public, and facilitating communication within the industry.

The Panel will be moderated by Mag. Karin Huber-Heim, Corporate Social Responsibility expert; Founder and CEO at CSR & COMMUNICATION - an internationally operating consulting firm; and Academic Program Director of the BFI Wien Masters program "Sustainability & Responsible Management".

Event Program:
18:00 - 18:10 Welcome & Introduction
18:15 - 19:15 The Panelists will each give a short overview of their projects, and their organizations' involvement with social media monitoring
19:20 - 20:30 Panel discussion

20:30 - 21:00 Continue the discussions and network informally over drinks and refreshments.

We look forward to an evening of stimulating and thought-provoking discussions, and hope to see you there!

Location sponsored by Impact Hub;
Refreshments provided by wahlbeobachtung.org