MEMES AND THE MEDIASCAPE

Hearing Room 1  |  11:00am–12:15pm

Today, internet memes have become a crucial component of the way that Millennials and other online denizens digest political positions, current events, and identity politics. How do we unpack the effects and potential of this constantly evolving visual language?

CARA ROSE DEFABIO produces live cultural events and journalism that examine the role technology plays in our lives, and believes that humor and art offer an important critical lens for understanding our changing world.

KAT LO is a researcher and PhD student in the Informatics Department at the University of California, Irvine. She studies the design of social media platforms and governance in online communities. Her research currently focuses on design and policy initiatives around online harassment and moderation.

CAROLINE SINDERS is a machine learning designer/user researcher, artist. For the past few years, she has been focusing on the intersections of natural language processing, artificial intelligence, abuse, online harassment and politics in digital, conversational spaces. Caroline is a designer and researcher at Wikimedia, and a BuzzFeed/Eyebeam Open Lab Fellow.

HELEN TSENG is an artist and designer who has collaborated with the Oxford Internet Institute, 99% Invisible, Google, and more. In 2016, she co-curated Internet! A Restrospective and art directed Emojicon.

DOROTHY R. SANTOS (moderator) is a Filipina-American editor, curator, and educator whose research interests include digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. She serves as Editor-in-Chief for Hyphen magazine.