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

Avoiding the bullies: The resilience of cooperation among unequals

Michael Foley, Rory Smead, Patrick Forber, Christoph Riedl
PLOS Computational Biology
April 7, 2021

Spite is contagious in dynamic networks

Zachary Fulker, Patrick Forber, Rory Smead & Christoph Riedl
Nature Communications
January 11, 2021

Science, advocacy, and quackery in nutritional books: an analysis of conflicting advice and purported claims of nutritional best-sellers

Rebecca M. Marton, Xindi Wang, Albert-László Barabási & John P. A. Ioannidis
Nature
March 17, 2020

Recent publications

Avoiding the bullies: The resilience of cooperation among unequals

Michael Foley, Rory Smead, Patrick Forber, Christoph Riedl
PLOS Computational Biology
April 7, 2021

Incentives, competition, and inequality in markets for creative production

Stefano Balietti, Christoph Riedl
Research Policy
February 22, 2021

Women Tweet on Violence: From #YesAllWomen to #MeToo

Sarah J. Jackson, Moya Bailey, Brooke Foucault Welles
Ada
February 1, 2021

Spite is contagious in dynamic networks

Zachary Fulker, Patrick Forber, Rory Smead & Christoph Riedl
Nature Communications
January 11, 2021

Who Says What with Whom: Using Bi-Spectral Clustering to Organize and Analyze Social Media Protest Networks

Kenneth Joseph, Ryan J. Gallagher, Brooke Foucault Welles
Computational Communication Research
November 2, 2020
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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