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

Users choose to engage with more partisan news than they are exposed to on Google Search

Ronald E. Robertson, Jon Green, Damian J. Ruck, Katherine Ognyanova, Christo Wilson & David Lazer
Nature
May 24, 2023

COVID-19 amplified racial disparities in the US criminal legal system

Brennan Klein, C. Brandon Ogbunugafor, Benjamin J. Schafer, Zarana Bhadricha, Preeti Kori, Jim Sheldon, Nitish Kaza, Arush Sharma, Emily A. Wang, Tina Eliassi-Rad, Samuel V. Scarpino & Elizabeth Hinton
Nature
April 19, 2023

The evolving roles of US political partisanship and social vulnerability in the COVID-19 pandemic from February 2020–February 2021

Justin Kaashoek, Christian Testa, Jarvis T Chen, Lucas M Stolerman, Nancy Krieger, William P Hanage, Mauricio Santillana
PLOS Global Public Health
December 5, 2022

Recent publications

Users choose to engage with more partisan news than they are exposed to on Google Search

Ronald E. Robertson, Jon Green, Damian J. Ruck, Katherine Ognyanova, Christo Wilson & David Lazer
Nature
May 24, 2023

COVID-19 amplified racial disparities in the US criminal legal system

Brennan Klein, C. Brandon Ogbunugafor, Benjamin J. Schafer, Zarana Bhadricha, Preeti Kori, Jim Sheldon, Nitish Kaza, Arush Sharma, Emily A. Wang, Tina Eliassi-Rad, Samuel V. Scarpino & Elizabeth Hinton
Nature
April 19, 2023

Online Activism and Grassroots Memorialization in the Age of COVID-19: Dr. Li Wenliang's Virtual Wailing Wall

Adam Hinden, Ziying You, Zhen Guo
Cultural Analysis Forum Series
March 1, 2023
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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