Harnessing Technology Series to Host Desmond Patton

Join on May 2nd, for the final Harnessing Technology for Social Good Series event of the semester.

The Harnessing Technology for Social Good Series welcomes Desmond Patton, Associate Professor of Social Work at Columbia University. Dr. Patton uses qualitative and computational methods to examine the relationship between youth and gang violence and social media; how and why violence, grief and identity are expressed in social media and the implications on well-being for low income youth of color. He and colleagues identified the cultural phenomenon of “internet banging,” an interaction that occurs when gang members use social media sites to trade insults or make violence threats that lead to violence. Because there was no literature on this phenomenon, Dr. Patton started SafeLab, a research lab that investigates how youth of color navigate violence on and offline. His work had been featured in the NY Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, ABC news, VICE, and on National Public Radio. (Patton NPR link #2)

Dr. Patton is a technology scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School, Carr Center on Human Rights Policy. In February of this year, Dr. Patton became one of 60 leaders to become a Presidential Leadership Scholar.

His Harnessing Technology for Social Good Lecture Series Talk titled, “Community Data Science Approaches to Gang Violence Prevention” will be on May 2nd, 2019 at 12pm (CST) in Room 2015 at the School of Social Work. Registration is required to attend and filling quickly.

Can’t attend? View the event live by visiting: go.illinois.edu/socialwork_techseries