David Nemer is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. His research and teaching interests cover the intersection of Science and Technology Studies (STS), ICT for Development (ICT4D), and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Nemer is an ethnographer whose fieldworks include the Slums of Vitória, Brazil; Havana, Cuba; Guadalajara, Mexico; and Eastern Kentucky, Appalachia. Nemer is the author of Favela Digital: The other side of technology (Editora GSA, 2013). He holds a Ph.D. in Computing, Culture, and Society from Indiana University and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from Saarland University. Nemer has written for The Guardian, El País, The Huffington Post (HuffPost), and The Intercept_.
06.21.2020 - I was interviewed by Estado de São Paulo: “Bolsonaro não controla apoiadores mais radicais’, diz pesquisador.”
06.10.2020 - I was quoted in Slate: "Au Brésil, WhatsApp prend le relais quand l'État défaille"
06.09.2020 - I was quoted in El País: "Sites neonazistas crescem no Brasil espelhados no discurso de Bolsonaro, aponta ONG"
06.04.2020 - I was quoted in O Globo "'Mídia programática': O algoritmo que alimenta a onda de notícias falsas."
06.02.2020 - I was quoted in Rest Of World: "Platform & dysfunction."
05.25.2020 - I was quoted in BBC News "'Eu era 100% Bolsonaro, depois do vídeo sou 500%': a reação de grupos bolsonaristas no WhatsApp à reunião ministerial"
05.23.2020 - I was quoted in The Hindu: "Right-wing militias on the loose."
05.14.2020 - I was quoted in The Circular: "From paid news to false news: Transiting facets of Yellow Journalism in Brazil"
05.19.2020 - I was interviewed by Época and O Globo: "'Israelenses estão incomodados com a apropriação da bandeira do país em atos bolsonaristas."
05.10.2020 - I'm giving the talk "From Misinformation to Extremism" on 05/13 in the Department of Communication at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
04.08.2020 - I published my new piece in Salon: "Is Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's right-wing president, the new Jim Jones?"
03.16.2020 - My new piece got published in UOL: "Atos do dia 15: Bolsonaro torna-se refém de grupos radicais"
02.20.2020 - I will give the talk "From Misinformation to Extremism: How WhatsApp Is Affording Radicalization in Brazil.” School of Information, University of Michigan." at the University of Michigan on 02/25: https://www.si.umich.edu/about-umsi/events/misc-talk-david-nemer
02.17.2020 - I've published my latest piece in Salon on my research in Cuba: "As Airbnb grows in Cuba, locals suffer the emotional burden of entitled tourists"
02.14.2020 - Based on my research on WhatsApp and Misinformation I've just published my new investigative article in The Intercept_ "Eduardo e Flávio Bolsonaro são os criadores de grupos de WhatsApp de mentiras contra jornalista da Folha"
01.25.2020 - I was on The Heat (CGTN) debating “Bolsonaro presidency 1 year after he took office”
01.22.2020 - I wrote a piece for El País: "Instagram, uso político e ‘fake news’ em 2020."
01.17.2020 - I was quoted in EuroNews: "Joseph Goebbels quote controversy: Brazil culture chief Roberto Alvim sparks anger in video."
11.18. 2019 - I will give a talk (From Misinformation to Extremism: How WhatsApp Is Affording Radicalization in Brazil) at the Institute for the Humanities and Global Culture, Global South Lab, University of Virginia on 11/22.
11.04.2019 - I was interviewed by UOL Notícias about Fake News in the upcoming elections in Brazil: “Todo mundo vai usar fake news nas eleições de 2020, diz pesquisador”
11.02.2019 - I was invited to talk at the Online Falsehoods and Influence Operations Workshop organized by the Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS), NTU Singapore.
10.27.2019 - I was quoted in O Globo: “Perfis que se comportam como robôs ajudam a turbinar pautas bolsonaristas nas redes.”
10.25.2019 - I was quoted in the Belfast Telegraph: Joker stairs tourists say locals were ‘cheerful and warm’ despite complaints.
10.02.2019 - I was the opening keynote speaker for The Brazilian Congress for Library, Documentation and Information Sciences (CBBD). “Libraries and community centers as spaces for promoting democracy and combating misinformation and inequality.”
09.23.2019 - I was interviewed by Carta Capital: O evangelho segundo os bolsominions.
09.23.2019 - I was invited by the Media Democracy Fund to participate in the "Dis/Mis-information, Dangerous Speech and Democracy" event in Philadelphia, PA.
09.19.2019 - I was quoted in UOL Notícias: “Rede de fake news com robôs pró-Bolsonaro mantém 80% das contas ativas”
09.13.2019 - I'll be debating about “Bolsonaro and Brazil” in a Faculty Panel presented by the UVA Latin American Studies Program. On 09/17 at noon.
09.08.2019 - I was quoted in O Globo: "Bolsonaristas pragmáticos: quem são os eleitores que discordam, mas apoiam o governo” (in Portuguese).
09.04.2019 - I was interviewed by UVA Today: “Q&A: What the Brazilian Presidential Election Can Teach Us About ‘Fake News’.”
09.03.2019 - I'll be at 4S in New Orleans where I'll be presenting my paper "Airbnb and the Costs of Emotional Labor in Havana, Cuba."
08.31.2019 - I was interviewed by Diário de Notícias: “Bolsonaristas ferrenhos são cada vez menos e cada vez mais radicais” (in Portuguese).
08.24.2019 - My piece titled "Grupos pró-Bolsonaro no WhatsApp não se desmobilizaram com a vitória. Pelo contrário, estão mais radicais" was published in The Intercept_
08.16.2019 - I wrote an article for The Huffington Post and it's available in 4 different languages:
- English: WhatsApp Is Radicalizing The Right In Bolsonaro’s Brazil. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/brazil-jair-bolsonaro-whatsapp_n_5d542b0de4b05fa9df088ccc
- French: WhatsApp radicalise la droite dans le Brésil de Bolsonaro. https://www.huffingtonpost.fr/entry/whatsapp-radicalise-la-droite-dans-le-bresil-de-bolsonaro_fr_5d5a6510e4b0eb875f26371c
- Portuguese: A radicalização invisível da direita brasileira no WhatsApp. https://www.huffpostbrasil.com/entry/whatsapp-bolsonaro_br_5d5b5487e4b0d1e11366e0a9
- Spanish: WhatsApp está radicalizando a la derecha en el Brasil de Bolsonaro. https://www.huffingtonpost.es/entry/whatsapp-esta-radicalizando-la-derecha-en-el-brasil-de-bolsonaro_es_5d5bcdcce4b0d1e11367c6da?utm_hp_ref=es-homepage
08.13.2019 - Our paper "Reproducing hierarchies or resisting domination: exploring the gendering of technology spaces in the favelas" was published in the journal Gender, Technology and Development.
05.13.2019 - I gave a talk at the University of Oxford in the Oxford Internet Institute. https://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/events/geographies-of-hate-uncovering-spaces-of-misinformation-racism-and-extremism-in-brazil/
05.02.2019 - I'll be giving a talk at the University of California San Diego in the Latin American Studies Lecture Series. https://las.ucsd.edu/
04.03.2019 - I'll be giving a talk at Data & Society in New York City. Join us: https://eventbrite.com/e/geographies-of-hate-uncovering-spaces-of-misinformation-racism-and-extremism-in-brazil-a-small-tickets-57556223213
03.15.2019 - Our paper "They don’t leave us alone anywhere we go”: Gender and Digital Abuse in South Asia" wins Best Paper at CHI 2019!
03.07.2019 - Our chapter "Living in the Broken City: Infrastructural Inequity, Uncertainty, and the Materiality of the Digital in the Favelas of Brazil" was published in digitalSTS: A Field Guide for Science & Technology Studies. Open Access on Google Books.
03.04.2019 - Starting Fall 2019, I will be joining the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia.
03.01.2019 - Our chapter "Rage against the machine: Negative reactions and antisocial interactions with robots" was just published in The Dark Side of Media and Technology: A 21st century guide to technological literacy.
02.26.2019 - I am the recipient of the 2018-19 Faculty Research Award, College of Communication & Information, University of Kentucky.
02.14.2019 - I gave a talk about The Future of Work in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida.
01.27.2019 - I was interviewed by A Tribuna: "Tecnologia para o futuro dos jovens" (in Portuguese).
01.20.2019 - My article, co-authored with Jack O'Neill, "Rethinking MOOCs: The Promises for Better Education in India" was published in International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development (IJICTHD).
01.15.2019 - My first journal article in Portuguese titled "Repensando as Desigualdades Digitais: as promessas da Web 2.0 para os Marginalizados" was published in Revista Tecnologia e Sociedade.
01.11.2019 - I was interviewed by and featured on Globo - G1 (#1 news venue in Brazil) “O brasileiro que virou referência em antropologia da informática nos EUA para ter impacto maior no Brasil.”
01.10.2019 - Our essay "The human infrastructure of El Paquete, Cuba's offline internet" was published in Interactions.
11.03.2018 - I was Interviewed by UOL Notícias: “Análise: Justiça deixou a desejar, alertamos sobre fake news no WhatsApp” (in Portuguese).
11.01. 2018 - My research on Misinformation and Elections was featured on RioOnWatch: “How WhatsApp Turned Brazil’s 2018 Elections Upside-Down: An Autopsy Report."
10.31.2018 - I was interviewed by Quartz: “Fake news on WhatsApp swayed Brazil’s election. India should be worried.”
10.26.2018 - My research on Misinformation and Elections was featured on NiemanLab at Harvard: “What to know about WhatsApp in Brazil ahead of Sunday’s election.”
10.25.2018 - I wrote an Op-Ed for The Guardian: "The three types of WhatsApp users getting Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro elected."
10.24.2018 - We wrote an Op-Ed for El País: "Less communication in the name of democracy?" (in Portuguese).
03.30.2018 - My research on Selfies in the Favelas was featured on Thrive Global: “Selfie: it is not a novelty in the human desire for (self-)expression."