College of Computing
and Digital Media
DePaul University

Trolling for Fun, Profit, and Power
Free Speech in the Age of Milo,
4chan, and the Alt-Right

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
5:30 - 8:30 pm
The Lounge at Iwan Ries
19 South Wabash Ave


Cocktails at 5:30, with the presentation at 6:00 for about thirty minutes,
followed by Q&A and general cocktail conversation. 
Reservations are required.

Professor Steele writes, "The Internet was supposed to open the world to new ideas, but instead has devolved political discourse into a bunch of intellectual silos.  One of dankest silos on the Internet is the chatboard 4chan more specifically /pol/ (Politically Incorrect).  It is from this swamp of anti-Semitism, racism, misogyny, and homophobia that people like the notorious troll Milo Yiannopoulos emerged.  We will examine the history of trolling, its transformation, and its ultimate effect on corridors of power."

For background, check out the article, Why we're losing the internet to the culture of hate, by Joel Stein, Time Magazine, 18 August 2016.

Adam is a long-time Cigar Society and Union League Club member. He teaches computer science at DePaul University, where he specializes in human-computer interactions (user-interface design and development), software engineering, bioinformatics, and grid computing.  He has a PhD in computer science from Concordia University in Montreal. He came to DePaul with several years industry experience, having worked at Rockwell Collins as a principal investigator on the ARL Advanced Displays Fedlab, and as a section leader in their Advanced Technology Center. Before that, Adam worked at M3i Systems in Montreal as a software specialist.

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