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Image of Social media illustrationBlog: The future of eating disorder content moderation

Ysabel Gerrard, Lecturer in Digital Media and Society, has written a blog post, published on UCLA's Department of Information Studies conference blog, about eating disorder content moderation on social networks.

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Image of sustainable food illustrationFour-year funded PhD studentship: Exploring the role of social norms in contributing to sustainable reduced meat food choices, offline and on social media

Deadline for applications: 26 March 2018.

This interdisciplinary project will investigate the impact of social norms (offline and in social media contexts) on meat intake. Meat is central to Western society and is considered a socially acceptable food choice, or ‘norm’. Yet, meat production is resource-intensive and a major contributor to carbon emissions. Meat-rich diets are also linked with obesity and non-communicable diseases. As such, strategies to reduce meat intake need to be identified.

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Image of hands typing on a laptopPhD studentship: Visualizing, exploiting and experiencing global data on children’s media use

Deadline for applications: 19 April 2018.

This PhD project will explore innovative ways in which insights from this data can be extended, maximised and exploited by a range of client end-users, to inform the marketing and wider strategy of their brand and content development, and also by customer end-users (i.e. children), so that all end-users can experience the data in ways that are meaningful and useful to them.

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Image of data on a screen2nd ICT4D North (of England) Workshop

23 March 2018
ICOSS, The University of Sheffield

This workshop is hosted by the Digital Tech, Data and Innovation Research Theme of the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID-DDI) with special guests from the ESRC GCRF DigDev Network. It will seek to explore and connect current research by members of the ICT4D North network and will continue to be interdisciplinary in nature, incorporating viewpoints from across various subject areas.

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Image of the Sheffield Winter GardensiConference

25 March 2018 - 28 March 2018
The Diamond conference building, University of Sheffield Campus, Sheffield, UK

The Information School at the University of Sheffield are hosting the annual iConference, in collaboration with Northumbria University. The iConference is organised by the international iSchools organisation and is an annual gathering of scholars and researchers in the library and information fields from around the world.

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Image of social media iconsEthical issues in social media research: current thinking

15th May 2018
1pm - 6pm
King's College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS

A half-day event for researchers with an interest in social media research ethics. The workshop will allow the opportunity to hear from established scholars and practitioners in the field talk about various aspects of ethical issues in the context of social media research.

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