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Desmond Patton: Social media and gang violence prevention

April 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The 2016-2017 Dean’s Lecture Series Contemporary Issues in Research and Practice presents

Desmond Uton Patton, PHD
Innovating gang violence prevention with qualitative analysis and natural  language processing tools

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Firearm violence continues to be a serious public health problem in the United States. Recent research indicates that firearm violence is exacerbated by social media usage and the formation of the “digital street.” Violence prevention and intervention strategies, however, exclude social media as a risk factor, and there are few tools available to community-based organizations for early detection of social media content that may be threatening. Professor Patton will address this critical gap, present preliminary findings from his research on this subject, and dicuss implications for reducing firearm violence.

About the speaker: Desmond Upton Patton, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the Columbia School of Social Work and a faculty affiliate of the Social Intervention Group (SIG) and the Data Science Institute. His research utilizes qualitative and computational data collection methods to examine how and why youth and gang violence, trauma, grief and identity are expressed on social media and the real-world impact they have on wellbeing for low-income youth of color. His current research examines how gang-involved youth conceptualize threats on social media and the extent to which social media shapes and facilitates youth and gang violence. He is partnering with the Data Science Institute at Columbia to develop an online tool for detecting aggression in social media posts.


April 24
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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School of Social Work, Utopia Theatre
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, TX United States