Public Engagement

Invited Talks

“Losing Friends Over Politics: The Relationship Between Dysfunctional Online Activities and Social Sanctions on WhatsApp and Facebook”. Invited keynote, AoIR Flashpoint Symposium: Digital Transformations: Polarization, media manipulation and resistance. Porto Alegre, Brazil, September 4, 2020 (Online due to Covid-19).

“Politics > Friendships: The Relationship Between Social Sanctions and Political Talk on Facebook and WhatsApp”. Online Seminar Talk, Research Unit in Journalism and Political Communication, School of Media, Film & Journalism, Monash University, Australia, September 4, 2020.  

“Towards a Nuanced Approach to Online Toxicity: Four Metrics to Assess Conversational Health”. Free Speech Regulation and the Politics of Hate Workshop. Hertie School, Berlin, February 20-21, 2020.

Invited keynote, Research on Online Political Hostility’20 Conference, Aarhus, Denmark, January 23-24, 2020.

“Rethinking the Online Public Sphere: Incivility, Intolerance, & The Role of Platforms in Shaping Political Discourse”. Fostering Democratic Resilience in the Digital Age – International Experts’ Workshop, Tel Aviv, Israel, November 25-26, 2019.

“Uncivil Discourse Meets Big Data: The Challenges and Shortcomings of Computational Methods to Analyze Public Discussions Online”. 3rd Research Convening of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, Tucson AZ, USA, September 26-28, 2019.

“It’s not deliberation (and that’s ok!): Disentangling Incivility and Intolerance in Online Political Talk”. Communication Arts & Sciences Colloquium, Penn State University: State College, PA, October 19, 2017.

“Beyond Deliberative Norms in Online Political Talk: The Role of Incivility and Intolerance”. Digital Society International Summer School, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, July 15, 2019.

 “Social media and the Internet of Things”. Presentation at the iSchool Graduate Seminar, School of Information Studies: Syracuse, September 30, 2017.

Invited Courses

Social Media Research Methods: An Introduction Using R. Digital Society International Summer School: “Social Media as a Digital Agora for Political Arguments, Opinions, and Ideas?”, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, July 15-19, 2019.

Engaged Scholarship

Rossini, P. (2019). Retrospectiva 2009-2019: The Low Value of Truth. Nexo.

Rossini, P. (2016). Did Sanders have the right priorities on social media before Clinton clinched? Columbia Journalism Review.

Stromer-Galley, J., Robinson, J., & Rossini, P. (2016). Candidates control their own social media. What message are they sending? The Conversation.

Media Appearances

Quoted in, “How Patents Made Facebook’s Filter Bubble”. IEEE Spectrum, January 28, 2021.

Quoted in, Rule to store WhatsApp message chain may be ineffective in fake news project in Congress. Folha de São Paulo, July 17, 2020.

Quoted in, “Hate your Twitter Conversations? Hide Them”. Wired, November 22, 2019.

Interview, “It Will Be Harder To Curb Fake News in Local Elections”. “O Globo”, September 15, 2019.

Quoted in, “Online Harassment Risks Academic Freedom”. Times Higher Education, February 14, 2019.