Mohit Rajhans and Kara Brisson-Boivin
Digital Media Literacy
Empathizing with the Internet
The Walrus, 2022
Hate groups use social media platforms’ tolerance of inappropriate speech to suit their purposes.
This podcast by The Walrus features Mohit Rajhans interviewing Kara Brisson-Boivin, Director of Research at MediaSmarts, a charity promoting digital literacy in Canada. She draws your attention to some critical considerations about digital literacy, especially for the young. Brisson-Boivin’s research reveals how hate groups use digital media for recruitment, in part by drawing on material from users who are not overt haters. She explains why algorithms and recommendation engines, even when they offer users a range of options, are hazardous to the truth. Parents concerned about what their children may be doing online – and, indeed, anyone who is active online – will want to understand these risks.
About the Podcast
Director of Research at MediaSmarts (MediaSmarts.ca) Kara Brisson-Boivin spoke with host Mohit Rajhans on The Walrus.
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