New Media, Social Networking, & Public Health Seminar Series

HSPH’s Center for Health Communication and the Office of Communications have launched a lunchtime seminar series on New Media, Social Networking, and Public Health, featuring guest speakers from the commercial media and nonprofit sectors.

The series will examine the implications for public health of profound changes that currently are underway in the media marketplace, including: the shift from unidirectional, expert-controlled  messaging to consumer-initiated and interactive communication; the explosive growth of social networking; and the massive proliferation of media sources.The series will explore questions such as: How can on-line social networking be leveraged to build grassroots engagement, promote policy advocacy, and build social environments that are supportive of healthy behavior change?  In an environment of user-generated media and blogs, how do public health authorities maintain “control” of “reliable” public health messages?

Mobile-izing Africa, Blogging for a Connected World

Date:
April 28, 2009

Speaker:
Ethan Zuckerman, Berkman fellow for Internet and Society. His work at Berkman focuses on the impact of technology on the developing world. His current projects include a study of global media attention, research on the use of weblogs and other social software in the developing world, and work on a clearinghouse for software for international development. Ethan is editor of Global Voices Online, an online citizen media community dedicated to amplifying independent online voices from outside North America and Europe.

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Facebook: Connecting for a Cause

Date:
March 9, 2009

Speaker:
Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and Plaxo, and served as founding president of Facebook. In 2007, he co-founded Causes, a Facebook application that leverages social networks to promote altruism and social action. Parker is a managing partner of The Founders Fund, a venture capital fund.

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Fat World: Public Health’s Got Game

Date:
November 13, 2008

Speaker:
Ian Bogost, leading videogame researcher, designer, and entrepreneur. He is a founding partner of Persuasive Games (a leading videogame studio), and is a professor at Georgia Tech.

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How Obama Harnessed the Internet:  Lessons for Public Health 

Date:
October 27, 2008

Speaker:
Nicco Mele
, founder and President of EchoDitto, a leading Internet strategy consulting company.  He is currently a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics.  Nicco played a lead role in Gov. Howard Dean’s pioneering use of the Internet in his run for the White House.

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