University Talks

UNC SILS Faculty lightning talks: Francesca Tripodi

The SILS Faculty Lightning Talks series is an opportunity for students, alumni, and the public to learn more about the current SILS faculty.

Francesca Tripodi, Assistant Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), talks about her first semester of teaching at SILS, her educational background, her research using ethnography to reveal socio-technical vulnerabilities, and her excitement at joining the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) at Carolina.

1/6 Center for Information Technology, and Public Life:

Hosted by the University of North Carolina’s Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) and George Washington University’s Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics (IDDP), The Capital Coup One Year Later: How Research Can Assess and Counter Threats to Democracy.

Expert Testimony

Francesca Bolla Tripodi giving a Senate Testimony on Stifling Free Speech: Technological Censorship and the Public Discourse

In this presentation to Congress, I provide a detailed analysis of how search engines work and why relevance matters. My research reveals how the input we enter into search engines shapes the content we see and the way we perceive the world.

Public Talks

Frank 2023

Sociologist, professor, and expert in the field of misinformation, Francesca Tripodi, peels back the layers of media manipulation with insights from her book “The Propagandists’ Playbook.” Recorded Feb. 15-17, 2023 at the frank gathering.

Wikimedia Research Showcase: Gaps and Biases in Wikipedia

The Wikimedia Research Showcase is a public showcase of recent research by the Wikimedia Foundation’s Research Team and guest presenters from the academic community.


We like to think of ourselves as savvy searchers, but the truth is that most of us have no idea how search engines work—especially given how much we rely on them. For example, do you know whether different people get personalized results for the same searches? What are data voids, and what do they mean for how we assess the information we find online?

I have had the opportunity to share my research in a variety of settings. If you are looking for someone to come and speak at departmental colloquiums, special events, or as a keynote speaker, please reach out via the contact button below.

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