Max Hänska

PhD (LSE), MSc (LSE), BA (Kent)

I explore the role of digital technologies in political communication and citizen journalism, and the impact of communication on our political decision making.

I tinker with machine- and deep learning in the Insurance sector, experiment with GANs, and develop ML products for tackling misinformation on social networks. Making Tech and ML more inclusive, and leveraging technology for social good are my passions.

 I am the founding editor of the Euro Crisis in the Press blog.


I have new papers on Normative Analysis in the Communications Field: Why we Should Distinguish Communicative Means and Ends of Justice which I presented in May 2018 at the ICA pre-conference on “Applying the Capabilities Approach to Media and Communications” in Prague.

A newish paper on and International Journalism and the Emergence of Transnational Publics: Between cosmopolitan norms, the affirmation of identity, and market forces on Social Media & the Arab Spring: How communication technology shapes socio-political change.

Also a new chapter #ThisIsACoup: The Emergence of an Anti-Austerity Hashtag across Europe’s Twittersphere in the anthology The Media and Austerity: Comparative Perspectives.

Fabrizio Poltronieri presented our work on the use of convolutional neural networks for visual social media analysis at the HIIG Workshop on “The turn to artificial intelligence in governing communication online” We are also be organising a workshop “A primer in automating visual social media analysis with deep learning techniques” as well as presenting a paper  “Visual social media, fakery and AI: An experiment at the intersection of computer art and social science, using deep learning to generate and identify ‘fake imagery'” at the AoIR conference in Montreal this October.

In the autumn of 2017 I was a visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research, University of Bremen.

Together with Stefan Bauchowitz we explore the role of Social media in facilitating a European public sphere. Some preliminary results are published here: A European Twitter sphere? What tweets on the Greek bailout say about how Europeans interact online; and here: How visible are Britain’s EU renegotiation demands across Europe’s twitterspheres?


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