KTH Humanities Tech: Hate Online: Analyzing Hate Platforms, Fighting Hate Crimes

January 30, 2019
3-5 pm
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Open to anyone. Registration required. Please register here. Venue (on the KTH main campus) will be announced to registered participants and on the website shortly.

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Hate online is a current and important topic that prompts both critical analysis and action. This KTH Humanities Tech event consequently focuses on platforms for online hate and fighting online crimes. It will start with an introduction to the topic and a long dialogue between Tara McPherson, professor at University of Southern California, and Kenneth Bodin, CEO of Algoryx Simulation.

McPherson, a world-renowned scholar of gender, race and digital media, leads a US-focused research project on “Platforming Hate – The Right in the Digital Age”. Bodin, PhLic in Theoretical Physics and Publisher/Chair for the non-profit organization Näthatsgranskaren, has played a prominent role in tracking and reporting online hate crimes in Sweden.

The dialogue will extend into a conversation with a panel of invited guests (one or two more invited guests may be added):

  • Daniela Agostinho, a visual and cultural theorist at the University of Copenhagen
  • Raazesh Sainudiin, Associate Professor of Mathematics with specialisation in Data Science, Uppsala University
  • Nishant Shah, Dean of the Graduate School at the ArtEZ University of the Arts, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University

Curator and moderator: Patrik Svensson, UCLA.


Introduction and dialogue:

Kenneth Bodin is the CEO of Algoryx Simulations and a member of the board. His background is in theoretical condensed matter physics and computational physics and he has a PhLic degree from Chalmers. Bodin is Member of the board of directors of The Swedish Physical Society. Previously he directed the Virtual Reality Lab at Umeå university and co-founded the UMIT Research Lab.

Tara McPherson is Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at University of Southern California and Director of the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study. Her research engages the cultural dimensions of media, including the intersection of gender, race, affect and place.  She focuses on the digital humanities, early software histories, and various online communities, as well as upon the development of new tools and paradigms for digital publishing, learning, and authorship.


Daniela Agostinho, University of Copenhagen, is a visual and cultural theorist whose research is concerned with representations of historical violence, from colonialism to contemporary warfare. She holds a PhD (2014) in Culture Studies with a dissertation on the photographic records of Ravensbrück women’s concentration camp, in which she discussed the relation between visibility, archival reason, gender and disciplinary power.
Agostinho is part of the Uncertain Archives research collective. She is also an independent curator.

Raazesh Sainudiin, Associate Professor of Mathematics with specialization in Data Science, Uppsala University and Principal Data Scientist, Combient AB. Sainudiin works at the interface of computing, mathematics and statistics to solve real-world decision problems using custom-built mathematical and statistical models that can scale to big data using Apache Spark and its ecosystem. He has collected and examined twitter data for the 2016 American presidential campaign and the recent Swedish election to better understand social media communications in a population with multiple extremal views via population ideological trees and forests.

Nishant Shah, Dean of the Graduate School at the ArtEZ University of the Arts, Visiting Professor at the Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University, and the co-founder of the Centre for Internet & Society, Bangalore. Shah’s work is at the intersections of technology, affect, identity, and social and political movements. He currently is preoccupied with questions of digital simulations and our capacity to tell truth in the face of discriminating data.