Mapping Social Media Debates: India, Iran, Russia
In the context of three talks we link the dynamics of social media exchange to political activity in three distinct countries:
We show that astroturfing on Persian Twitter during the 2013 presidential election generated conversation networks that were different from grassroots viral conversations around the ascendant candidate.
We show that differences in social media networks around politics reflect the diverse nature of regimes and political cultures, and explain how governing regimes, such as Putin's, are now actively engaging in social media.
We explore online freedom of expression in India where recently arrests were made for "liking" a politically sensitive Facebook post. We show that novel modes of self expression have given rise to new forms of control in Indian social media.
Additional Supporting Materials
- Is there a link between the prospects of a political candidate and the nature of conversation around his/her candidacy?
- Can we tell what topics are going to go viral from the structure of conversation networks shaping around them?
- Is there a link between the structure of social media networks and the dynamics of political/social culture? For example, does polarization of blogosphere reflect a similar trend in politics? If yes, what can we learn from polarization patterns in social media?
- Are novel modes of censorship shaped by the structural possibilities of self-expression in new media? Are the censors as savvy as the social media users?
- How to extract conversation networks from tweets queried from Twitter Search API?
- Navid Hassanpour Yale University
- Valerie Belair-Gagnon Yale University
- Colin Agur Columbia University
- John Kelly Morningside Analytics
Navid Hassanpour Yale University
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