This website uses cookies for supporting the website's functions and collecting anonymous usage statistics. By continuing to use this website you accept this cookie usage.
Hide Message

Join our mailing list

Open to members and non-members, click here for more info.

You can also follow us on Twitter

All Future Events

AGM followed by a talk (details TBC)

Wed 20th Sep, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Room TBC

The Annual General Meeting (AGM)

You can hear about what has been happening in Dorset branch since last year's AGM. It's also an excellent opportunity to help shape the direction of the branch for the coming year. There will be elections for the branch committee and an opportunity for questions and discussion. Note as with the rest of the evening it is open to both BCS members and non-members. As always this event is free of charge.

In our usual format, the evening will include a buffet and will end with a talk, details of this talk be published shortly.

More information is available here.

Bookings now accepted, book your place now.

Social Media & the Spread of Fake News

Wed 18th Oct, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Room TBC

Synopsis

Post-truth is the Oxford Dictionary word of 2016, inextricably associated with recent elections in the UK and US. These same events also introduced the notion of fake news into public consciousness. Dr Lilleker's talk will define the variants that constitute fake news while also outlining how the architecture of social media, as well as the patterns of user behaviour, can lead to increased exposure to the sort of content that is associated with the post-truth era. In particular discussion will focus on the dangerous combination of user created filter bubbles and echo chambers which align with platform algorithms designed to deliver relevant content, all of which can lead to the formation and reinforcement of erroneous beliefs that can have significant social and political impact. The talk will move on to discuss the role media education can play in combatting the spread of fake news as well as the responsibility of social media platform owners in ensuring the content users are exposed to has at a minimum a health warning attached.

More information is available here.

Booking will be available from Mon 18th Sep 6:00am

Also:

We are also working on more events and full details of these presentations will be made available via email, on our website and on twitter in due course, together with details of how to book your place.

Our Aims

  • Advancing IT science and practice
  • Bringing out the excitement of IT
  • Introducing IT to all

RSS Feeds

Our Scope

  • Private and public sector
  • Career professionals
  • IT/Computing Students
  • Industry and commerce
  • Service industry
  • Manufacturing
  • Health provision
  • Law enforcement
  • Defence
  • Government
  • …Everything and everyone

Neighbouring Branches