Dr. Megan Squire applies data science techniques to the study of online communities, specializing in the creation of infrastructure to support collection, curation, and federation of large amounts of metadata, textual data, and image data to further understanding about how online communities work. Her recent projects include network analysis of radical right extremist groups on social media. Megan's focus is on collecting data from across the social media landscape, cleaning and organizing it, and then mining it for interesting patterns. For example, network analysis, image analysis, and text mining techniques can help researchers understand membership trends and the radicalization practices of extremist groups across multiple ideologies. Megan is a professor in the department of Computer Science at Elon University (USA).
December 22nd, 2020 | Season 1 | 22 mins
extremism, history, populism, right-wing
Guest Megan Squire joins Right Rising to walk us through how white nationalists are using popular live-streaming to make money. Explaining how white nationalists engage in what Megan calls "monetized propaganda," she helps us understand just how much money is moving through these platforms and how combatting these fundraising efforts is an eternal game of whack-a-mole.