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/.

Brexit, voting, and political turbulence

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. On 23rd June 2016, a majority of the British public voted in a referendum on whether to leave the European Union. The Leave or so-called #Brexit option was victorious, with a margin of 52% to 48% across the country, although Scotland, Northern Ireland, London and [...]

18th August 2016

Advancing Good Governance in International Development

Peter John will speak about Political Turbulence as part of an upcoming seminar entitled Advancing Good Governance in International Development held at Rhodes House, University of Oxford, on 9 June 2016. The annual seminar is jointly organised by Camfed International, the Oxford Department of International Development, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, and Linklaters. It brings together thought leaders and practitioners from civil society, government, academia, and the private sector with the goal of facilitating dialogue on the topic of governance and how to make development more effective and sustainable.

9th June 2016

Peter John speaking at ‘I Will if You Will, Too’: Conditional Commitment in Collective Action

Political Turbulence co-author Peter John will keynote at a research workshop co-organized by King's College London, City University London, and the University of Swansea on 3 June 2016. The workshop is entitled "'I Will if You Will, Too': Conditional Commitment in Collective Action", and further details are available in the call for papers (.docx) This one day workshop convenes academics, activists and political practitioners investigating the potential and consequences of new—social and technological—participatory designs. The main focus of the meeting will be on conditional commitment, a theoretical and practical solution to the perennial collective action problem that the attainment of [...]

3rd June 2016

Hay Festival 2016

Author Helen Margetts discussed Political Turbulence at the 2016 Hay Festival. As people spend increasing proportions of their daily lives using social media such as Twitter and Facebook, they are being invited to support myriad political causes by sharing, liking, endorsing or downloading. Chain reactions caused by these tiny acts of participation form a growing part of collective action today, from neighbourhood campaigns to global political movements. ...Full details

27th May 2016

Helen Margetts in Conversation with Ethan Zuckerman

Helen Margetts will speak about the research behind Political Turbulence in conversation with Ethan Zuckerman at MIT on 3 May 2016. Further details are available at the event webpage on the MIT Media Center. How does the changing use of social media affect politics? In her recent book, Political Turbulence, Helen Margetts and colleagues Peter John, Scott Hale and Taha Yasseri show how social media are now inextricably intertwined with the political behavior 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 acts" of [...]

3rd May 2016