Arnout van de Rijt reviewed Political Turbulence in Science Magazine. The review, entitled "The social revolution," states that the book ... contributes an important series of creatively and rigorously researched insights into the social mechanics of Internet-based collective action, handing researchers a new toolbox of methods and techniques in the process. ...Read more (paywall)
A book launch party will be held on Wednesday 27 January at 17:00 at the Oxford Internet Institute. The launch will start with a brief talk about the book by the authors followed by a drinks reception. The publisher, Princeton University Press, will have copies of the book available at a reduced price. The event is free but the guests need to register via Eventbrite.
Taha Yasseri is talking about how the data from digital technology we use everyday can be used in Computational Social Science. This talk is part of the University of Aberdeen's Festival of Social Science and Science in the Quad Season 3, Institute of Physics in Scotland. Here is the blurb of the talk: As digital technologies, the Internet, and social media become increasingly integrated into society, our daily lives generate unprecedented quantities of digital data. These data provide opportunities to study complex social systems in frameworks similar to those of the natural sciences. We will discuss these new opportunities and [...]
Taha Yasseri is talking about online activism at the Royal Academy of Arts' programme Digital (Dis)connections: Ai Weiwei Late on Saturday 24th October. Here is a blurb of his talk: Humans are self-determining. Or are they? How much are we influenced by social pressure and influence from our peers and how do they affect the decisions that we make "on our own"? What's the role of the Internet and specifically social media when it comes to our participation in online political (and nonpolitical) activities? Are social media only new tools and environments for the same type of pre-Internet political activities or they [...]
See a pre-print version of our paper entitled "Modeling the Rise in Internet-based Petitions" here. The paper's abstract reads: 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 has gained in popularity with rising use of social media and provides such data for the whole population of petition signatories for a given platform. This paper tracks the growth curves of all 20,000 petitions to the UK government over 18 months, analyzing the [...]