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BBL Speaker Series: Beyond Content: Understanding Volunteer Moderation in Social Media

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Speaker: Yvette Wohn, Associate professor of Informatics, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Director of the Social Interaction Lab

Location: HBK 2105 and Zoom

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Abstract: Online harassment is a problem that we still have been unable to solve in the social media age of Web 2.0. Moreover, as we move deeper into Web 3.0, which includes 3D virtual worlds, moderation moves beyond content to include behavioral components such as embodied interactions.
While much of the research in computing focuses on how to deal with bad content through technological advancement, this talk presents research from the past few years that focuses on the social complexities involved when communities, rather than companies, try to self moderate.

Bio: Dr. Wohn (she/her) is an associate professor of Informatics at New Jersey Institute of Technology and director of the Social Interaction Lab ( Her research is in the area of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) where she studies the characteristics and consequences of social interactions in online environments such as virtual worlds and social media. Her main projects examine 1) moderation, online harassment, and the creation/maintenance of online safe spaces and 2) social exchange in digital economies &