Job ID: 023306
Salary: £38,304, including London Weighting Allowance
Business unit: Natural & Mathematical Sciences
The successful candidate will join King’s College London and work on the 1-year project PROM: Understanding the Promotion of Violence across online cultures, one of the inaugural projects of the £7M UK’s National Research Centre on Privacy, Harm Reduction and Adversarial Influence online (REPHRAIN), a centre funded by UKRI . The candidate will join the vibrant cyber security research group at the Department of Informatics, which forms part of the KCL Cybersecurity Centre , an EPSRC-NCSC Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) .
Online radicalisation is a pressing problem that can foster spates of violence, which have permeated to the physical world in countless occasions. One driving factor that characterises online communities fostering online hate is the glorification and trivialization of violence in the community. Often times, the promotion of violence is carried out through visual or textual means that are ambiguous.
This project will investigate the role of online cultures in the promotion of violence, through a data-driven analysis. Identifying sources of violent narratives require a deep understanding of how online communities are structured and what is the type of content shared. The project will leverage the outputs of two projects: the ESRC CREST project that have looked into the use of memes to promote violence led by Guillermo Suarez-Tangil , and ii) the EPSRC DADD project that has developed data-driven methods to automatically discover biases in language corpora   led by Jose Such.
The successful candidate must be highly motivated and must have:
For reference, preliminary work in this area from the team.
 Suarez-Tangil, G. Memetic Irony and the Promotion of Violence within Chan Cultures. CREST Commissioned project RE16539.
 Ferrer, X., Van Nuenen, T., Such, J.M. , Criado, N. “ Discovering and Categorising Language Biases in Reddit”. AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), In press, 2021.
 Such, JM et al. “Discovering and Attesting Digital Discrimination (DADD), https://dadd-project.org
This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 12 months
This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent
This post is a 12 months fixed-term contract
Contact details: Guillermo Suarez-Tangil, firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 01-Sep-2021Continue reading
|Title||Research Associate in Online Safety against the Promotion of Violence|
|Employer||King's College London|
|Job location||King's College London, Strand, WC2R 2LS London|
|Published||June 16, 2021|
|Application deadline||September 1, 2021|
|Job types||Researcher  |
|Fields||Informatics,   Information Science,   Computer and Society,   Cyber Security,   Computing in Social science, Arts and Humanities,   Computational Sciences,   Machine Learning  |