Wybo Wiersma joined the OII first in 2010/2011 for his MSc. Then he went to work in Silicon Valley for Internet start-up Academia.edu. In 2012 he returned to pursue his DPhil with Sandra González-Bailón on critical mass in budding online political communities. His DPhil is funded by ESRC and Scatcherd scholarships.
Before coming to the OII Wybo completed three bachelors degrees (in 7 years) at the University of Groningen (History, Information Science, and Philosophy of Information Science), and a Masters in Digital Humanities from King's College London (all with distinctions). During these years he also worked as a statistics TA, and research-assistant for prof. J. Nerbonne, and set up the LogiLogi project, resulting in several conference presentations and publications.
Online (political) communities, collective action, critical mass, network effects, political engagement, e-democracy, sentiment analysis, social network analysis, computer linguistics, free software, applied ethics, academic technology
Positions held at the OII
- DPhil student, October 2012 -
- MSc student, October 2010 - September 2011
Wiersma, W. (forthcoming) The Internet as a Catalyst for Social Movements: An analysis of simulation of social media mechanisms in the context of the Arab Spring, Indignados and Occupy Movements. DPhil Thesis, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
Deputy Director and Policy and Research Fellow