Seungahn Nah’s scholarship centers on the interrelationships among communication, community and democracy with special emphasis on the roles of digital communication technologies, including AI-enabled technologies, and media credibility in community and democratic processes and outcomes. In particular, his research sheds light on community storytelling networks through social and mobile media and AI-communication, news trust, and civic engagement across diverse ethnic and racial groups as well as communities at the local, national, and global levels. He has written, edited and published numerous books and more than 70 journal articles and book chapters concerning digital media, AI, news credibility, participatory communication, and civic participation.
Areas of Expertise (6)
Disinformation and Misinformation
Tackling misinformation: What researchers could do with social media dataHarvard Misinformation Review
Irene V. Pasquetto, et. al
Social media platforms rarely provide data to misinformation researchers. This is problematic as platforms play a major role in the diffusion and amplification of mis- and disinformation narratives. Scientists are often left working with partial or biased data and must rush to archive relevant data as soon as it appears on the platforms, before it is suddenly and permanently removed by deplatforming operations.
Localized social media and civic life: Motivations, trust, and civic participation in local community contextsJournal of Information Technology & Politics
K. Hazel Kwon, et. al
his study investigates the ways in which the localized use of social media influences civic life in local communities. Specifically, the study explores the direct and indirect effects of informational and social motivations underlying localized social media uses on trust-building (interpersonal trust, political trust, and trust in community organizations) and civic participation in online and offline contexts. The findings through a nationwide survey of U.S. adults indicate that localized social media use resulted in the increase of interpersonal trust.
Social media prosumption and online political participation: An examination of online communication processesSAGE Journals
Masahiro Yamamoto, et. al
This study examines the extent to which social media prosumption, an integrated act of consumption and production, is associated with online political participation. Data from an online panel survey of American adults reveal that social media prosumption has a positive relationship with online political participation indirectly through online political information seeking.