Politics and the Internet: Two Talks in Lisbon @ Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology
Feb 22 all-day

Bill Dutton will be speaking at the University Institute of Lisbon on the 9th of March, presenting two talks for the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology. Both will focus on the political implications of the Internet.

One will be on Bill’s concept of the Fifth Estate and its Enemies. Many of the attacks on ‘fake news’ and related issues around the social media are also attacks on the democratic potential of the Internet and new media. Bill will explain the basis of the concept of a Fifth Estate, and show how an understanding how the Internet empowers individuals to hold various institutions more accountable is also an approach to many of the problems laid at the feet of social media.

His other talk will present some of the key findings from Bill’s current research with others on the part played by search in shaping political opinion. Based on survey research in six EU nations and the US, Bill will show how the dynamics of search challenge some of the most pervasive ideas about how filter bubbles and misinformation infect political information.

His host, Gustavo Cardoso, is a researcher and professor at ISCTE-IUL, in Lisbon. His main area of study is a Media and Society. Gustavo is also the Associate editor of the International Journal of Comunication, published by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and the Chair of one of the Social Science and Humanities evaluation panel for the Starting Grants from the European Research Council. Gustavo Cardoso is the Director of the Portuguese Media Observatory OberCom and the supervisor of the portuguese EJO website. He has authored many books on media and social change. Aftermath, published by Oxford University Press, is among his latest books.

Connected Lives by Barry Wellman @ Deeb Room, CAS 199
Apr 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Connected Lives: From Little Boxes to Networked Individualism

Professor Barry Wellman has been one of the pioneers of social network analysis. He taught at the University of Toronto for 47 years and is now the Co-Director of the NetLab Network of researchers, where he collaborates with MSU`s Keith Hampton among others. Wellman coined the term ‘networked individualism’ to describe the ways in which the Internet and related social media are reconfiguring our social networks and organizations. Professor Wellman will provide an overview of this research on the social dynamics of the Internet, past and present. One of his latest books is with Lee Rainie, of the PEW Research Center, and is entitled, Networked: The New Social Operating System (MIT Press).


Barry Wellman has directed NetLab at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. He is the founder of the International Network for Social Network Analysis and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.