Networks for good

how communities use digital platforms to shape opinions, politics and governance

This work focuses on understanding patterns of communication, influence, and mobilization of communities through digital platforms in the pursuit of social change. Coordination of social communities involves networks of information and beliefs, as well as monetary resources and other critical aspects of governance. Digital communication has fundamentally shifted the coverage and evolution of opinions, politics and governance.

Featured publications

Measuring algorithmically infused societies

Claudia Wagner, Markus Strohmaier, Alexandra Olteanu, Emre Kıcıman, Noshir Contractor, Tina Eliassi-Rad
Nature
June 30, 2021

Meaningful measures of human society in the twenty-first century

David Lazer, Eszter Hargittai, Deen Freelon, Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, Kevin Munger, Katherine Ognyanova, Jason Radford
Nature
June 30, 2021

Quantifying collective intelligence in human groups

Christoph Riedl, Young Ji Kim, Pranav Gupta, Thomas W. Malone, and Anita Williams Woolley
PNAS
May 25, 2021

Recent publications

Measuring algorithmically infused societies

Claudia Wagner, Markus Strohmaier, Alexandra Olteanu, Emre Kıcıman, Noshir Contractor, Tina Eliassi-Rad
Nature
June 30, 2021

Meaningful measures of human society in the twenty-first century

David Lazer, Eszter Hargittai, Deen Freelon, Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, Kevin Munger, Katherine Ognyanova, Jason Radford
Nature
June 30, 2021

Say Their Names: Resurgence in the collective attention toward Black victims of fatal police violence following the death of George Floyd

Henry H. Wu, Ryan J. Gallagher, Thayer Alshaabi, Jane L. Adams, Joshua R. Minot, Michael V. Arnold, Brooke Foucault Welles, Randall Harp, Peter Sheridan Dodds, Christopher M. Danforth
arXiv
June 22, 2021

Quantifying collective intelligence in human groups

Christoph Riedl, Young Ji Kim, Pranav Gupta, Thomas W. Malone, and Anita Williams Woolley
PNAS
May 25, 2021

Pandemics, Protests, and Publics

Sarah Shugars, Adina Gitomer, Stefan McCabe, Ryan J. Gallagher, Kenneth Joseph, Nir Grinberg, Ben-Gurion University, Larissa Doroshenko, Brooke Foucault Welles, David Lazer
Journal of Quantitative Description: Digital Media
April 26, 2021
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Featured project

In our project “hashtag activism”, we analyze communities such as #BlackLivesMatter, #GirlsLikeUs, and #Ferguson to understand how Twitter has enabled the injection of counter narratives in political discourse. This work explores how social media facilitates and constrains which voices are included in (re)shaping the public sphere, and by proxy, our democracy. The findings have shed light on the role of technology in creating new spaces for voices that have traditionally been excluded in public debate, and the effects of those influences on community services and the justice system.

Major funders

NSF, ARO, Knight Foundation