DSI Brown Bag Lunch Digital

The DSI is pleased to announce that an online Brown Bag Lunches series.

The Brown Bag Lunches enable members of the DSI Network, UZH members and interested parties to meet regularly, to present and discuss their research results and to receive feedback from an interdisciplinary audience.

The presentations will be organized via the web-based Software Zoom. All interested UZH members and the Public are cordially invited to the Brown Bag Lunches.

For a better organization we are looking forward to your registration via Email so that we can send you the invitation to the event.


Tuesday 19. May 2020, 11:00-12:00

"Digital Literacy and Online Political Behavior" (Lecture in English)

Dr. Andy Guess and Dr. Kevin Munger


Digital literacy is receiving increased scholarly attention as a potential explanatory factor in the spread of online misinformation. As a concept, however, it remains surprisingly elusive, with little consensus on definitions or measures. Building on work in communication studies and sociology, we provide a unified framework of digital literacy for political scientists and introduce survey items to measure it. Using a novel purposive sampling approach, we then validate our measure against real-world benchmarks of ground truth. There exists substantial variation in levels of digital literacy in the population, which we also document is correlated with age and could confound observed relationships. However, this is obscured by researchers' reliance on online convenience samples like MTurk that select for people with computer and internet skills. We discuss the implications of this sample selection bias for effect heterogeneity in studies of online media effects on political behavior.