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

Engagement Outweighs Exposure to Partisan and Unreliable News within Google Search

Ronald E. Robertson, Jon Green, Damian Ruck, Katya Ognyanova, Christo Wilson, David Lazer
arXiv
December 31, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic amplified long-standing racial disparities in the United States criminal justice system

Brennan Klein, Brandon Ogbunugafor, Benjamin J. Schafer, Zarana Bhadricha, Preeti Kori, Jim Sheldon, Nitish Kaza, Emily A. Wang, Tina Eliassi-Rad, Samuel V. Scarpino, Elizabeth Hinton
medRxiv
December 16, 2021

Trollfare: Russia’s Disinformation Campaign During Military Conflict in Ukraine

Larissa Doroshenko, Josephine Lukito
International Journal of Communication
November 17, 2021

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
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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