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

Online engagement with 2020 election misinformation and turnout in the 2021 Georgia runoff election

Jon Green, William Hobbs, Stefan McCabe, and David Lazer
PNAS
August 16, 2022

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

Participation incentives in a survey of international non-profit professionals

Alauna Safarpour, Sarah Sunn Bush, Jennifer Hadden
Sage Journals
September 14, 2022

Who Is “On Welfare”? Validating the Use of Conjoint Experiments to Measure Stereotype Content

C. Daniel Myers, Kirill Zhirkov, Kristin Lunz Trujillo
SpringerLink
August 30, 2022

Collective Intelligence in Human-AI Teams: A Bayesian Theory of Mind Approach

Samuel Westby, Christoph Riedl
Proceedings of the 37th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (2023)
August 24, 2022

Online engagement with 2020 election misinformation and turnout in the 2021 Georgia runoff election

Jon Green, William Hobbs, Stefan McCabe, and David Lazer
PNAS
August 16, 2022
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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