Eventbrite - 8th annual Social Media Technology Conference & Workshop, Oct. 4-5, 2018

The 8th Annual Social Media Technology Conference & Workshop will examine the threats and safe spaces of social media. This year’s theme focuses on dissecting how the beneficial social connections provided by social media are being jeopardized by dark forces that threaten our individual voices, our privacy and security and even our democracy.

Howard University

Interdisciplinary Building

First Floor

2201 Georgia Avenue

Washington, D.C. 20059

Thursday, October 4, 2018

8:45 a.m.-9:10 a.m.                 Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:10 a.m.-9:15 a.m.                 Welcome

Dr. Gracie Lawson-Borders, Dean, Cathy Hughes School of Communications, Howard University


9:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.               Panel Session: Safe or Dangerous Spaces to Navigate

– Social Engineering versus Social Media

Rajni Goel, Howard University & Carlos Buskey, Howard University

– SEESTER Talk: An Analysis of Safe Spaces for Black Women on Social Media

Shaunee Wallace, CUNY, LaGuardia Community College

– A Model for Predicting Users’ Abnormal Behavioral Patterns in Online Social Networks

Izzat Alsmadi, Texas A&M, San Antonio

– Facebook as a Safe Sphere: The Influence of Facebook on the Relation Between Communication with Muslims and Reducing Islamophobia in the United States

Maisoon Al-sebaei, Howard University

-What’s Behind That Screen(shot)? Privacy and Capturing Data On Screen

Emily Cramer, Howard University


10:30 a.m.-11:40 a.m. Panel Session: Politics from the Neighborhood and Beyond

– A Vigilant Negotiation of Vigilance: A Case Study of a Neighborhood Based Social Media Application

Roderick Graham, Old Dominion University

– Presidential Campaigns as New Digital Civic Laboratories

Michael Lewis, Independent Scholar

– Twitter and Institutional Change: The Legacy of Populist and Pluralist Discourses in Venezuela

Adriana Farias, McGill University

– Constitutionality of Body Cameras: Citizen Social Media Content vs Police Body Cameras

Angela Minor, Howard University

– Visual Framing in Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter Protest Photography

Terry Marsh, Norfolk State University


11:40 a.m.-11:45 a.m.             Break


Brian Fung Washington Post
Brian Fung Washington Post

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.                    Keynote Speaker and Luncheon

Brian Fung

The Washington Post

Policy reporter focusing on telecommunications, media, cryptocurrencies and competition.



Benét Wilson, SPJ Google Trainer

1 p.m.-2 p.m.                           Google Sponsored Workshop


2 p.m.-3 p.m.                           Panel Session: Social Media and International Affairs

– Comparing Participatory Journalism and Traditional Media in China: Power, Network, and State

Luxuan Wang, New York University

– When WhatsApp Turned into A Murder Weapon

Erica Basu, American University

– How Social Media Affects the Dynamics of Resistance Movements: A Study of The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)

Patrick Ugboaja, Bowie State University


3 p.m.-3:15 p.m.                      Break


3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m.                 Paper Session:  Physical and Mental Health Issues in Social Media

–  A Critical Discourse Analysis of Cyberbullying ‘‘Fatshaming Movement” on Social Media

Wei Sun, Howard University

– An Online Lifeline: Using Social Media for Campus Sexual Assault Prevention and Healing

Stephanie Madden, Pennsylvania State University

– The Use of Social Media in Chronic Disease Management

Linda Thompson, Howard University & DeAnna M. Nara, Howard University


4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.                 Paper Session:  Social Media and the challenges of Theory and Methodologies

– Your Brand is Under Attack via Social Media: What is Your Strategic Communication Response?

Janice Smith, Morgan State University

– Transient or safe terrain? Challenges of Twitter Hashtag Ethnographic Field Site

Kehbuma Langmia, Howard University

– Death of the “Happy Theory” of Social Media: A Theory in Need of Revision

Beatrice Epwene, Bowie State University


5:15 p.m.                                 Closing Remarks

Kehbuma Langmia, Co-Founder of the Social Media Technology Conference & Workshop and Chair, Howard University, Department of Strategic, Legal and Management Communications