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Understanding, detecting, and mitigating online misogyny against politically active women

Radicalisation, extreme speech, and in particular online misogyny against politically active women have become alarming negative features of online discussions. In this interdisciplinary project, the project team wants to better understand the content and dynamics of online misogyny against politically active women and develop methods for early identification of such emerging dynamics.

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Project description

Billions of people use social media every day. Many of them discuss political topics online. Radicalisation, extreme speech, and in particular, online misogyny against politically active women, have become alarming negative features of online discussions. In this interdisciplinary project, mixed method approaches to three case studies in Germany, India, and Brazil will be employed to better understand the content and dynamics of online misogyny against politically active women and to develop methods for early identification of such emerging dynamics. The project team will collaborate with subject matter experts in India and Brazil as well as with media partners and affected female politicians. With citizen social science tools, the scientists will involve the general public in the process of identifying emerging campaigns of online misogyny against politically active women. This project will also develop policy briefs and regulatory approaches to address online misogyny.

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Prof. Dr. Jürgen Pfeffer
Professor of Computational Social Science and Big Data, Technical University of Munich
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Prof. Dr. Sahana Udupa
Professor of Media Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
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Prof. Dr. Janina Isabel Steinert
Professor of Global Health, Technical University of Munich
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Dr. Raji Ghawi
Postdoc Researcher at the Bavarian School of Public Policy, Technical University of Munich
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Luise Koch
Research Associate at the Professorship of Global Health at the School of Social Sciences and Technology, Technical University of Munich
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Leah Nann
Research Associate, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
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