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/.

Talk at Harvard University

Helen Margetts will speak about Political Turbulence at the Center for Research on Computation and Society at Harvard University on 2 May 2016. Full details are available on CRCS's website. How does the changing use of social media affect politics? In a recent book - Political Turbulence, Princeton University Press, 2016 - Helen Margetts and colleagues Peter John, Scott Hale and Taha Yasseri show how social media are now inextricably intertwined with the political behaviour of ordinary citizens, and exert an unruly influence on the political world. As people go about their daily lives, they are invited to undertake 'tiny [...]

2nd May 2016

Talk at CRASSH, University of Cambridge

Helen Margetts will speak about Political Turbulence on 26 April 2016 at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, University of Cambridge. The talk, entitled "Social Media and Political Turbulence," will be from 14:30 to 16:30 in Room SG2, CRASSH, 7 West Road, Cambridge. Full details are available at the link below. The last few years have seen increasingly frenzied speculation about the role of social media in political mobilisation. In an important recent book Helen Margetts and her colleagues report on research drawing on large-scale data generated from the Internet and real-world events to show [...]

26th April 2016

Keynote at ACM Web Science Conference

Helen Margetts will speak about Political Turbulence in her keynote at the 2016 ACM Conference on Web Science in Hannover, Germany. The keynote is entitled "Understanding Political Turbulence: The Data Science of Politics," and the abstract is available in full at the link below. Social media are now inextricably intertwined with the political behaviour of ordinary citizens. As people go about their daily lives on an ever-changing cast of web-based platforms, they are invited to make 'micro-donations' of time and effort to political causes: liking, sharing, tweeting, retweeting, following, uploading, downloading, signing petitions and so on, which extend the ladder [...]

19th April 2016

Oxford Literary Festival

Helen Margetts spoke about Political Turbulence at the 2016 Oxford Literary Festival on 3 April 2016. [The authors] demonstrate how most attempts at collective action online fail but some give rise to huge mobilisations and even revolution. Those that succeed are unpredictable, unstable and often unsustainable. They argue that a new form of pluralistic democracy is emerging but one that is chaotic and turbulent. ...Further details

3rd April 2016

The Economist: A new kind of weather

A special report on technology and politics in The Economist examines questions of democracy, data, politics, and social media referencing the findings reported in Political Turbulence: A new book entitled "Political Turbulence" come[s] to an intriguing conclusion: social media are making democracies more "pluralistic", but not in the conventional sense of the word, involving diverse but stable groups. Instead, the authors see the emergence of a "chaotic pluralism", in which mobilisations spring from the bottom up, often reacting to events. Online mobilisation can develop explosively and seemingly at random. ... Politics in the age of social media, the authors conclude, [...]

26th March 2016