[NA-Discuss] Toronto Workshop on Social Media

Glenn McKnight mcknight.glenn at gmail.com
Mon Nov 21 15:18:30 UTC 2016

*Seminar Title:*

*Who are We Studying in Social Media: Bots or Humans?*


Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd

Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

Canada Research Chair in Social Media Data Stewardship

*Day and Time*

Thu, November 24th, 2016. 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


George Vari Centre for Computing and Engineering

Ryerson University

Room: ENG 288

245 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3

Map - http://www.ryerson.ca/maps
Look for ENG


IEEE Toronto Systems Chapter, Alexei Botchkarev, email: albot at ieee.org

IEEE Toronto WIE, Magnetics, Measurement/Instrumentation-Robotics, Maryam
Davoudpour, email:  maryam.davoudpour at ieee.org


Registration is free, but space is limited. Please register via this link:



Researchers studying various online and computer-mediated communities used
to be able to argue that the online is an extension of the offline, and
that offline and online are just different slices of real life. But the
increasing number of bots in our datasets and the increasing use of
algorithmic filtering by social media giants are widening the gap between
online and offline, and between computer-mediated and algorithm-driven
communication. This in turn makes some online data less reliable, at least
for those of us studying human behavior. It also begs the question, if we
are using data from social media for modelling, are we modelling human
behavior in social media or simply reverse engineering how bots and other
algorithms operate? Therefore, there is an urgent need to better understand
the nature of bots and algorithmic filtering, and their influence on users’
online interactions, not just from a computational, but also from
sociological perspective. This talk will discuss some of the key challenges
and possible solutions to detecting social bots in the context of
conducting social media research.

*Speaker’s Biography*

Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd is a Canada Research Chair in Social Media Data
Stewardship, Associate Professor in the Ted Rogers School of Management at
Ryerson University. He is also the Director of the Social Media Lab and a
co-editor of a multidisciplinary journal on Big Data and Society published
by Sage. Dr. Gruzd’s research initiatives explore how the advent of social
media and the growing availability of social big data are changing the ways
in which people communicate, collaborate and disseminate information and
how these changes impact the social, economic and political norms and
structures of modern society. Dr. Gruzd and his lab are also actively
developing and evaluating new approaches and tools to support social media
data analytics and stewardship. His research and commentaries have been
reported across Canada and internationally in various mass media outlets
such as Foreign Affairs, Los Angeles Times, Nature.com, The Atlantic, The
Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Canadian Press, CBC TV, CBC Radio,
CTV and Global TV.
Glenn McKnight
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