As more and more individuals and organizations are turning to social media to express themselves, debate politics, share news and organize protests, their online interactions and content that they create offer researchers in social sciences a unique opportunity to study political events as they unfold and glimpse into how different groups in a society react to these events and organize themselves in the real time.
Cartography of Iran’s Online Publics: Political Landscape of Persian Twitter in 2013–with Emad Khazraee
Emad Khazraee will discuss his project on the cartography of Iran’s online publics, which seeks to collect empirical evidence that helps us to achieve a high resolution image of public online environments in Iran. As part of this project, he has conducted research on the Twitter use among Iranian users during Iran’s 2013 presidential election.
Sanctions, armed conflicts and information wars – the year 2014 has turned the world around. Are we at the doorstep of the new Cold War? Dr Kamenchuk from Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) will open up newest data on people’s views in the former Soviet countries regarding the latest political developments.
Jonathan Donner details the growing importance of ‘mobile-centric internet use’ in the developing world. It offers an integrative lens through which we can might understand the sociotechnical and developmental implications of an internet that is becoming more global and inclusive as it becomes more mobile.