SOAS University of London

Centre for Global Media and Communications

Dr Matti Pohjonen

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Overview

Matti Pohjonen
School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Student Experience Director

Centre for Global Media and Communications

Lecturer in Global Digital Cultures

SOAS South Asia Institute

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Dr Matti Pohjonen
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Biography

Matti Pohjonen works at the intersection of digital anthropology, critical philosophy and data science. For the past 10 years, he has developed critical-comparative research approaches for understanding digital cultures globally. This has included, among other things, work on international news and blogging in India, mobile technology in East Africa, comparative research on online extremism and hate speech in Ethiopia and Europe, and exploring new methods in “big data” analysis and artificial intelligence for digital media research.

He received his MA and PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where he also worked as a Senior Teaching Fellow (2006-2009) an AHRC-funded Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (2013). He was also a Researcher for the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCLMP), at the University of Oxford (2013-2016), a Research Fellow (2015-2016) for the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence, and a Visiting Research Fellow (2017) at the Centre for Media and Communication (ZeMKI), at the University of Bremen. His work as a Senior Researcher (2016-2017) for Africa’s Voices Foundation was dedicated to developing innovative research and data analysis methods for hard-to-reach populations in East Africa.

His ongoing work revolves around two themes. The first involves understanding the implications of extreme speech for democracy and freedom of speech, especially around debates on hate speech, online extremism, misinformation and online conflict. The second looks at the broader social, political and cultural implications of debates around Artificial Intelligence, highlighting marginalised perspectives from the Global South often dis-articulated from the utopian and dystopian vision of how the digital future is being imagined globally.

Teaching

Publications

Authored Books

Pohjonen, Matti (2018) Horizons of Hate: A Comparative Approach to Social Media Hate Speech. VoX-Pol Network of Excellence.

Articles

Udupa, Sahana and Pohjonen, Matti (2019) 'Extreme Speech and Global Digital Cultures — Introduction'. International Journal of Communication, (13), pp 3049-3067.

Pohjonen, Matti (2019) 'A Comparative Approach to Social Media Extreme Speech: Online Hate Speech as Media Commentary'. International Journal of Communication, (13), pp 3088-3103.

Pohjonen, Matti and Udupa, Sahana (2017) 'Extreme Speech Online: An Anthropological Critique of Hate Speech Debates'. International Journal of Communication, (11), pp 1173-1191.

Pohjonen, Matti and Ahmed, Reem (2016) 'Narratives of Risk: Assessing the Discourse of Online Extremism and Measures Proposed to Counter It'. S&F: Sicherheit und Frieden, (34) 4, pp 236-240.

Edited Books or Journals

Batabyal, Somnath and Chowdhry, Angad and Gaur, Meenu and Pohjonen, Matti, (eds.), (2011) Indian Mass Media and the Politics of Change. New Delhi; London: Routledge.

Book Chapters

Pohjonen, Matti and Paul, Soumyadeep (2011) 'Theory and Practice in Emerging Digital Cultures in India'. In: Batabyal, Somnath and Chowdhry, Angad and Gaur, Meenu and Pohjonen, Matti, (eds.), Indian Mass Media and the Politics of Change. Routledge India, pp 184-207.

Pohjonen, Matti (2011) 'Introduction'. In: Batabyal, Somnath and Chowdhry, Angad and Gaur, Meena and Pohjonen, Matti, (eds.), Indian Mass Media and the Politics of Change. Routledge India.

Monographs and Working Papers

Gagliardone, Iginio and Pohjonen, Matti and et al., (2016) Mechachal: Online debates and elections in Ethiopia - from hate speech to engagement in social media. .

Gagliardone, Iginio and Patel, Alisha and Pohjonen, Matti (2014) Mapping and analysing hate speech online: Opportunities and Challenges for Ethiopia. .

 

This list was last generated on Friday, 13th December 2019, 17:30 Europe/London.