Former Google Data Scientist to Break Down Big Data on Online Anti-Semitism

October 30th, 2017 by 


Stephens-Davidowitz

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a former Google data scientist, will give a talk on “Anti-Semitism on the Internet” at the College of the Holy Cross, Monday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rehm Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Stephens-Davidowitz, author of “Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are” (HarperCollins, 2017), has analyzed data from Google searches as well as hate sites such as Stormfront.org to reveal when and where Internet users are looking for hate, and the types of users who are more likely to search anti-Semitic, racist or Islamophobic terms.

Stephens-Davidowitz is a contributing op-ed writer for the New York Times and a former visiting lecturer at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard.

His talk begins a study of contemporary anti-Semitism that will continue at Holy Cross next spring, when Alan Avery-Peck, Kraft-Hiatt Professor of Judaic Studies, will teach a seminar and the College will host two additional public lectures on anti-Semitism. Charles Small, director of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy will speak at Holy Cross on Tuesday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m., and on Thursday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m., Katya Gibel Mevorach, a professor of anthropology and American studies at Grinnell College, will address 21st century anti-Semitism with a focus on intersectionality.

The lectures are presented by the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture and supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding. Learn more at http://www.holycross.edu/mcfarlandcenter.

For additional information, please contact College Marketing and Communications at 508-793-2419.

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