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  • The Work We Want

    The ‘Work We Want’ project has just put together a series of short videos about digital labour: encouraging us to think about not just likely futures, but also the futures we want to be bringing into being. Vili Lehdonvirta and I… Continue Reading → [...]

  • Anne-Marie OostveenAnne-Marie Oostveen 21 May 2015 20:08PM

    Iris scanners can now identify us from 40 feet away, but we don’t have to accept it

    Anne-Marie Oostveen, University of Oxford and Diana Dimitrova, Katholiek Universiteit of Leuven Biometric technologies are on the rise. By electronically recording data about individual’s physical attributes such as fingerprints or iris patterns, security and law enforcement services can quickly identify people with a high degree of accuracy. The [...]

  • Vyacheslav PolonskiVyacheslav Polonski 18 May 2015 19:42PM

    The Winners of Eurovision According to Facebook

    Using engagement data from Facebook to predict the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Continue reading on Medium » [...]

  • Social ExperimentsSocial Experiments 18 May 2015 17:40PM

    LiveFriday Love Bites Results

    Thank you to everyone who participated in our experiment on the effects social information in the Gillray ‘Love Bites’ exhibition on Friday night. Here we explain the background to the experiment, and present the results. Research shows that when we know that other people like something, it makes us more likely to like it too.… Read [...]

  • Thinking about Market Information Systems…

    As part of the ICTD2015 conference I presented in the open session ‘Thinking about Market Information Systems: Bridging Theory and Practice” organised by Elisa Oreglia, Janaki Srinivasan and Susan Wyche. I made a more critical presentation based on findings from… Continue Reading → [...]

  • Rough ConsensusRough Consensus 15 May 2015 10:30AM

    Looks + Substance: An Introduction to User Experience (UX)

    What makes a great website great? You tell me. This is the core of UX: listening to what the user wants and needs in order to design the best possible product. For my thesis, I’m researching online survey design and the way different design choices (such as putting a logo on your survey) may affect the responses you get. My research topic was [...]

  • Vyacheslav PolonskiVyacheslav Polonski 14 May 2015 14:42PM

    New paper: Friendship Networks and Conversation Structures in Facebook Groups

    Summary of our new paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Web and Social MediaContinue reading on Medium » [...]

  • Social Election PredictionSocial Election Prediction 12 May 2015 13:34PM

    The (Local) General Election on Twitter

    The UK’s national election is decided on a constituency basis: 650 odd separate small elections, each returning one MP. Despite the obvious importance of national parties and their leaders for shaping the election campaign as a whole, it is commonly accepted that the ability of local campaigns is also a significant factor. For example, the [...]

  • Social Election PredictionSocial Election Prediction 12 May 2015 13:30PM

    Which parties are having the most impact on Twitter?

    The previous two posts have shown that the amount of effort parties are putting in on Twitter at the local level is pretty variable. But what about the response they are getting? In this post we’ll look at the amount of mentions candidates receive on Twitter. A mention could be a retweet or it could […] [...]

  • Social Election PredictionSocial Election Prediction 12 May 2015 13:24PM

    What if mentions were votes?

    The last post looked at mention activity for each British constituency. What would happen if we took these mentions to be votes? Does this reaction from social media offer any potential insight into what might happen in the election? In the image below (top),  using the same week of Twitter data from Datasift and YourNextMP, we identify which [...]

  • Social Election PredictionSocial Election Prediction 12 May 2015 13:18PM

    Which parties were most read on Wikipedia?

    Taha and Stefano previously looked at the distribution of Wikipedia pages by candidate. These pages are much more patchy than Twitter handles: only in the Conservative and Labour cases do more than 40% of candidates have an account, whilst most other parties have far less (though we should note that we are relying on the […] [...]

  • Social Election PredictionSocial Election Prediction 12 May 2015 13:14PM

    Where do people mention candidates on Twitter?

    In previous posts we’ve looked at people mentioning local party candidates on Twitter. In that post we basically assumed that people mentioning local candidates were based in the same constituency as the candidate themselves. But is that the case? It could be that the majority of tweets are coming from large cities, especially London, where [...]

  • Jonathan BrightJonathan Bright 12 May 2015 10:26AM

    GE2015 on social media

    Last week we had a sort of social media hackathon in honour of the UK’s election, looking at the reaction generated on social media. We took what I believe was a fairly novel approach to the analysis, by looking at social media reaction to individual candidates in constituencies (rather than just general hashtags or party […] [...]

  • Elections BlogElections Blog 12 May 2015 08:50AM

    Digital Disconnect: Parties, Pollsters and Political Analysis in #GE2015

    ‘Congratulations to my friend @Messina2012 on his role in the resounding Conservative victory in Britain’ tweeted David Axelrod, campaign advisor to Miliband, to his former colleague Jim Messina, Cameron’s strategy adviser, on May 8th. The former was Obama’s communications director and the latter campaign manager of Obama’s 2012 campaign. Along [...]

  • Social Election PredictionSocial Election Prediction 12 May 2015 08:18AM

    Social Media + Elections: A Recap

    In the run-up to the general election we conducted a number of investigations into relative candidate and party use of social media and other online platforms. The site has served as our hub for elections-related data analysis. There is much to look over, but this blog post can guide you through. Twitter “What if [...]

  • Policy and Internet BlogPolicy and Internet Blog 11 May 2015 16:16PM

    Digital Disconnect: Parties, Pollsters and Political Analysis in #GE2015

    Digital data generated during election campaigns are a valuable - but underused - source of information for political parties, pollsters and political analysts alike. They contain signals of what political parties are doing, how they are being received, and what people are thinking and talking about. The OII's Helen Margetts and Scott Hale discuss [...]

  • Social ExperimentsSocial Experiments 11 May 2015 12:44PM

    Donations Experiment at #LiveFriday

    Research shows that when you are deciding whether and how much to donate to a good cause, all kinds of factors will influence your decision. In particular, you will be influenced by the extent to which you are visible to other people, and by how much you think other people are giving to the cause.… Read More » [...]

  • New Video – ‘Code, Content, and Control: Global Geographies of Digital Participation and Representation’

    The Open University has just posted a webcast presentation of our paper due to be delivered at ICCG 2015 this July. Titled “Code, Content, and Control: Global Geographies of Digital Participation and Representation”, it deals with the role of Google… Continue Reading → [...]

  • Social ExperimentsSocial Experiments 10 May 2015 16:32PM

    The Social Information and Voting Experiment at #LiveFriday

    Research shows that when we know that other people like something, it makes us more likely to like it too. This ‘social information’ about other people’s preferences plays a role in all kinds of social and political behaviour; for example, the (as it turned out, wrong) opinion polls are likely to have influenced how we… Read More » [...]

  • New paper: “The Domestic Turn: Business Processing Outsourcing and the Growing Automation of Kenyan Organisations”

    I’m happy to announce a new paper to come out of our previous project studying Development and Broadband Internet Access in East Africa. The project was a collaboration between myself, Tim Waema, Laura Mann, and Chris Foster and aimed to look… Continue Reading → [...]