Our journal article entitled, “Rapid rise and decay in petition signing” has been published in EPJ Data Science. Contemporary collective action, much of which involves social media and other Internet-based platforms, leaves a digital imprint which may be harvested to better understand the dynamics of mobilization. Petition signing is an example of collective action which […]
About Scott Hale
I am a Data Scientist at the Oxford Internet Institute of the University of Oxford. I develop and apply techniques from computer science to research questions in both computer science and the social sciences. I am particularly interested in the area of human-computer interaction, the spread of information between speakers of different languages online, and the roles of bilingual Internet users. I am also interested in collective action and politics more generally. I maintain my personal website and blog at http://scott.hale.us/.
Entries by Scott Hale
Political Turbulence author Helen Margetts spoke at the “Society Through the Lens of the Digital” conference organised by The Volkswagen Foundation at the end of May 2017. The conference website includes an audio recording of Helen’s talk, which drew upon findings presented in the book and subsequent research. Her talk was entitled “Political Turbulence: How […]
Rhys Crilley reviewed Political Turbulence in “Political Studies Review” One of the major strengths of Political Turbulence includes the authors’ ability to make complex concepts from a variety of disciplines easily understandable and applicable to analysing social media. They manage to navigate the reader deftly through disciplinary borders and a deep ocean of data while […]
Author Helen Margetts spoke to Hendrik Lehmann of Digital Present on the opportunities and risks for politics in the age of social media. The article, in German, is available on the website of Digital Present. Für eine bessere Politik müssen wir Forderungen an Facebook und Twitter stellen Die Oxford-Professorin Helen Margetts spricht im Interview über […]
We are honoured Guardian columnist and former political editor of the Observer Gaby Hinsliff included Political Turbulence in her column on the best political books of 2016. For Westminster junkies, meanwhile, one of the most useful things I read all year was a dry tome by four academics on how social media interacts with politics […]
Helen Margetts was a keynote at the 3rd annual Computational Social Science Winter Symposium in Cologne, Germany. Details of her talk are available on the conference website. The Computational Social Science of Turbulent Politics Widespread use of social media is changing politics, by allowing ‘tiny acts’ of political participation which can accumulate in large-scale mobilizations […]
What role might social information have played in the Trump campaign? Political Turbulence Author Helen Margetts explores this issue in a blog post for the University of Oxford Commentators have been quick to ‘blame social media’ for ‘ruining’ the 2016 election in putting Mr Donald Trump in the White House. Just as was the case […]
Authors Helen Margetts and Peter John visited the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) on 27 October 2016 to talk about the unpredictability of politics and the influence of social media. A recording of the event is available below or on SoundCloud and more details are on website of the […]
Author Scott A. Hale presented research from Political Turbulence as the keynote of the 15th IFIP Electronic Government (EGOV) and 8th Electronic Participation (ePart) Conference 2016.
We are still digesting the result of the UK referendum to leave the European Union, but it is clear many events were played out on social media under the varying influences of social information and visibility that we research in Political Turbulence. We explore these influences further on the Princeton University Press Election 2016 Blog. […]