• CV

    Tim Schatto-Eckrodt is a communication scientist, who researches methods to identify attempts to influence public opinion through online-propaganda. He worked as a tutor and student assistant at the Institute for Communication Science (IfK) at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, where he was, among other things, involved in the programming of data analysis tools. His master's thesis  dealt with diffusion and the acceptance of new technologies. In October 2017, Tim Schatto-Eckrodt joined the BMBF-project “PropStop”, where he researched methods to identify attempts to influence public opinion through online-propaganda. Since May 2019 he works as a research associate in the junior research group “Democratic Resilience in Times of Online Propaganda, Fake News, Fear and Hate Speech (DemoRESILdigital)”.

  •  Research interests

    • Cyber-propaganda
    • Digital publics
    • Conspiracy theories
    • Spread of misinformation online
  • External functions

    • Member of the International Communication Association (ICA), Computational Methods Interest Group
    • Member of the German Communication Association (DGPuK)
    • 1st chariman of the alumi-club „Medien-Alumni-Münster“
    • Deputy member of the board of the Department of Communication

  • Research projects

    PropStop (05/2016 - 04/2019)

    PropStop is a project funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) that aims at studying hidden propaganda disseminations via online media, in order to identify and prove accordant attempts. Throughout the project an interdisciplinary team of statisticians, communication scientists, IT-security researchers, journalists and IT-security companies works together. Besides a large-scale examination of propaganda characteristics online, huge quantities of public opinion statements in different areas of the digital public sphere will be analyzed for repeated semantic and technical patterns. The insights gained throughout the project will be used to enhance our detection of massive, hidden propaganda attacks, to develop technologies to identify these attacks, and to improve our abilities to verify propaganda attacks. Real-time simulations of massive hidden propaganda attacks will provide meaningful insights into the transdisciplinary applicability of the gained.

    Democratic resilience in times of online-propaganda, fake news, fear- and hate speech (DemoRESILdigital) - Junior research group (01/2018 – 12/2022) - Dr. Lena Frischlich

    The digital society offers new possibilities for democratic participation as well as for disseminating manipulative content. Strategic agents are abusing the easy access to digitally generated publics to spread online propaganda, fake news, fear and hate speech. Such manipulative online content has been assumed to play a crucial role in radicalizing individuals, fostering social polarization, and weakening democracy per se.

  • Publications

  • Talks

    • Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Boberg, Svenja; Frischlich, Lena; Wintterlin, Florian; Quandt, Thorsten (): „“. 21. Jahrestagung der Fachgruppe „Methoden der Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft“ der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), Universität Greifswald, Greifswald, Deutschland, .
    • Wintterlin, Florian; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Frischlich, Lena; Boberg, Svenja; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘’. Future of Journalism Conference, Cardiff, .
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Frischlich, Lena; Wintterlin, Florian; Boberg, Svenja; Adam, Lena; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Who is Affected by the Disinformation Order? Predicting the Exposure to Distorted Information Prior to the Parliamentary Election in Germany’. 69th ICA Annual Conference, Washington, .
    • Wintterlin, F; Frischlich, L; Boberg, S; Schatto-Eckrodt, T; Reer, F; Quandt, T (): ‘Corrective actions in the information disorder. Presumed influence and the countering of distorted information’. 69th ICA Annual Conference, Washington, .
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Boberg, Svenja; Wintterlin, Florian; Quandt, Thorsten (): „“. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), Münster, .
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Boberg, Svenja; Frischlich, Lena; Wintterlin, Florian; Quandt, Thorsten (): „“. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), Münster, .
    • Frischlich, Lena Boberg, Svenja Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim Wintterlin, Florian Quandt, Thorsten (): „On the relevance of person characteristics and media usage patterns for the confrontation with hate-speech and personal victimization in the Internet.“ Jahrestagung der deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikation (DGPUK), Münster, Deutschland, .
    • Wintterlin, Florian; Frischlich, Lena; Boberg, Svenja; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Quandt, Thorsten (): „“. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPUK), Münster, .
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, T; Boberg, S; Wintterlin, F; Quandt, T (): „“. SmartNETWORK-Tagung „Öffentlichkeit und Debattenkulturen“, Universität Münster, .
    • Boberg, Svena; Frischlich, Lena; Wintterlin, Florian; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘’. MISDOOM Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Online Media, Hamburg, Deutschland, .
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Boberg, Svenja; Wintterlin, Florian; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘’. MISDOOM Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Online Media, Hamburg, Germany, .
    • Wintterlin, Florian; Frischlich, Lena; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Boberg, Svenja; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘’. MISDOOM Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Online Media, Hamburg, .
    • Frischlich L, Boberg S, Schatto-Eckrodt T, Wintterlin F, Quandt T (): ‘’. DGPS, Frankfurt, .
    • Schatto-Eckrodt Tim (): ‘’. "Trust in mediated communication": 4th international summer school organized in collaboration with Michigan State University (USA) and the University of California, Santa Barbara (USA), Münster, .
    • Frischlich, Lena; Boberg, Svenja; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘False Information—real problems? Online-misinformation, political anger, inefficiency, trust and the intention to vote populists’. Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (ICA), Prague, .
    • Boberg, Svenja; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Frischlich, Lena (): ‘Singling out voices in an ocean of noise’. Jahrestagung der International Communication Association (ICA), Prag, Tschechien, .
    • Frischlich, Lena; Boberg, Svenja; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Quandt, Thorsten. (): „Would the real reader please stand up? Detection of fake accounts and social bots in participatory journalistic offerings.“ Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikation (DGPUK). , Mannheim, .
    • Frischlich, Lena; Boberg; Svenja; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Wintterlin, Florian (): ‘’. Multidisciplinary perspectives on radicalization, Cologne, Germany, .