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Seminar: Societal Impacts of ICT Use: Understanding Bystanders’ Proactive Reporting Responses to Online Harassment

23 May, 2018
18h00
Room 8, Floor 0, NOVA IMS

Seminar: Societal Impacts of ICT Use: Understanding Bystanders’ Proactive Reporting Responses to Online Harassment

Speaker

Christy M.K. Cheung

Associate Professor of Information Systems and e-Business Management at Hong Kong Baptist University

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Christy M.K. Cheung is an Associate Professor of Information Systems and e-Business Management at Hong Kong Baptist University. She earned a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the College of Business at City University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include Technology Use and Well-Being, IT Adoption and Use, Societal Implications of IT Use, and Social Media. She has published over one hundred refereed articles in international journals, and conference proceedings, including Decision Support Systems, Information & Management, Journal of Information Technology, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, MIS Quarterly and among others. She is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief for Internet Research and President for AIS-HK Chapter.

More information in: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=8U7hUbwAAAAJ&uk.

Program

In this seminar will be presented a study about societal impacts of ICT use: understanding bystanders’ proactive reporting responses to online harassment.

Online harassment, a type of cyberbullying behavior, poses serious risks to users of social networking sites (SNSs) and challenges to platform providers.

In recent years, many SNS providers have implemented built-in reporting functions to combat such aversive online behavior. However, the effectiveness of these reporting tools in encouraging proactive intervention remains relatively unknown. To address this gap, this study answers a recent call for understanding of the societal impact of the use of information technology and aims to identify the underlying mechanisms driving bystanders’ decision to use these built-in functions to report online harassment on SNSs.

Drawing on theory of cognitive appraisal, we develop a research model that explains how a set of appraisal factors shape bystanders’ willingness to use the built-in reporting function on SNSs. We empirically tested the research model with active Facebook users. The data analysis shows support for most of our hypotheses. Specifically, our results show that bystanders’ perceived personal responsibility for addressing the incident, perceived effectiveness of the reporting function in curbing online harassment, social norms are pivotal appraisal factors explaining bystanders’ willingness to use the built-in function to report.

Shedding light on how to effectively mitigate the negative consequences of online harassment, this study yields valuable insights that guide the development of a brighter and safer digital society.

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Location

The seminar will be held in Room 8 of NOVA IMS, located in Campus de Campolide, Lisbon.

Transports
Metro: S. Sebastião (Blue and Red Line); Praça de Espanha (Blue Line)
Carris: 701, 713, 716, 726, 742, 746, 756, 758, 770