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

Fake news on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election

Nir Grinberg, Kenneth Joseph, Lisa Friedland, Briony Swire-Thompson, David Lazer
Science
January 25, 2019

Quantifying reputation and success in art

Samuel P. Fraiberger, Roberta Sinatra, Magnus Resch, Christoph Riedl, Albert-László Barabási
Science
November 8, 2018

The science of fake news

David M. J. Lazer, Matthew A. Baum, Yochai Benkler, Adam J. Berinsky, Kelly M. Greenhill, Filippo Menczer, Miriam J. Metzger, Brendan Nyhan, Gordon Pennycook, David Rothschild, Michael Schudson, Steven A. Sloman, Cass R. Sunstein, Emily A. Thorson, Duncan J. Watts, Jonathan L. Zittrain
Science
March 9, 2018

Recent publications

Reclaiming stigmatized narratives: the networked disclosure landscape of #MeToo

Ryan Gallagher, Elizabeth Stowell, Andrea G. Parker, Brooke Foucault Welles
SOC arXiv
August 14, 2019

Fake news on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election

Nir Grinberg, Kenneth Joseph, Lisa Friedland, Briony Swire-Thompson, David Lazer
Science
January 25, 2019

Quantifying reputation and success in art

Samuel P. Fraiberger, Roberta Sinatra, Magnus Resch, Christoph Riedl, Albert-László Barabási
Science
November 8, 2018

Auditing Partisan Audience Bias within Google Search

Ronald E. Robertson, Shan Jiang, Kenneth Joseph, Lisa Friedland, David Lazer, Christo Wilson
Proceedings of the ACM: Human-Computer Interaction
November 6, 2018

Suppressing the Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME)

Epstein, R., Robertson, R.E., Lazer, D., & Wilson, C.
Proceedings of the ACM: Human-Computer Interaction
November 1, 2018

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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