Entries by Scott Hale

Reviewed in openDemocracyUK

Stuart Weir has reviewed Political Turbulence in openDemocracyUK. A few years back I was intrigued and captivated, as a largely analogue political animal, by Paul Mason’s Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere on the revolutionary part that social media were playing in the Arab Spring and global politics. But for all the enthusiasm, anecdotes and insights, […]

DW interview

Helen Margetts spoke with Deutsche Welle last week about the book and a range of topics from the role of social media in mobilizations to the (lack of) sustainability of social media campaigns. An article reporting their conversation is available at http://dw.com/p/1HpSV. Political Turbulence: we’re ‘dripping with data’ and it may make democracy better Do […]

Green Templeton: Living by numbers lecture series

Helen Margetts will speak about Political Turbulence at Green Templeton College on Monday 1 February 2016. Her talk is entitled, “Politics by numbers: How social media shape collective action” and forms part of the Green Templeton Lecture series 2016 whose theme is Living by Numbers: Big Data and Society. The talk is from 18:00 to […]

Reviewed in Times Higher Education

Ivor Gaber reviewed Political Turbulence on 21 January in Times Higher Education (THE). “Chaotic pluralism…a new kind of pluralism, highly decentred and chaotic” is what we’re living through, if we are to believe the authors of Political Turbulence. The authors, whose disciplinary backgrounds range across political science, computational science and physics, argue that this new […]

Reviewed in the Hurriyet Daily News

William Armstrong reviewed Political Turbulence in the Hurriyet Daily News on 17 December 2015. Turkey’s Gezi Park protests seem a long time ago. Back when they were still raging in the summer of 2013, parts of the western media were excitedly hailing them as the latest instance of global social media-driven anti-authoritarian unrest. Some optimistically […]

Helen Margetts on Start the Week

Lead author, Helen Margetts, discussed Political Turbulence on BBC Radio 4 in October 2015. Listen to the interview or download an MP3 from the BBC website. On Start the Week Tom Sutcliffe talks to the American writer Jonathan Franzen about his latest novel, Purity. One of Franzen’s characters compares the Internet with the East German […]

Publication: Leadership without Leaders?

Our journal article entitled Leadership without Leaders? Starters and Followers in Online Collective Action has been published in Political Studies. The Internet has been ascribed a prominent role in collective action, particularly with widespread use of social media. But most mobilisations fail. We investigate the characteristics of those few mobilisations that succeed and hypothesise that […]

Social information and voting

A key feature of many online platforms is social information, which is information about what other people are doing. We recreated this form of social influence in an experiment we conducted at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. A description of the experiment and preliminary results are reported in the blog post linked below. Thank you […]

BBC: First day is crucial for success

An ongoing research programme at the Oxford Internet Institute Research has collected information on petitions and signature activity for various online platforms since 2009. The BBC covered some of our research about the previous UK government petition platform that was active from 2011-2015. Online petitions need to attract large numbers of signatures on their first […]