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SIS Assistant Professor Ben Horne has focused much of his research on how misinformation and disinformation spreads online – a topic that has been pushed to the forefront this past year as internet conspiracy theories and extremism have been connected to the January 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol riot. While it may be a fairly new concept for the general public, Horne and others who conduct similar research have long known about this insidious dark side of the internet.

“There’s a lot of people who have opinions on extremism on platforms because it’s gained mainstream light due to recent events, but … Read more “SIS Assistant Professor Ben Horne to Moderate Panel on Social Media and the Rise of Extremism”

Ben Horne joined SIS in August 2020, and combines his background in computer sciences and information sciences to focus his research on safety in online spaces – particularly as it pertains to news and information consumption.

He hopes to help students at SIS learn computational skills they can apply to information jobs without having to have an extensive background in computation.

“This includes not only extracting rich information from data, but also interpreting that extracted information in light of both the computational method used and the applicable concepts in information science,” he said. “I am also excited to loop many … Read more “Faculty Spotlight: Assistant Professor Ben Horne Joins the SIS Team”