Occupy Oakland and #oo: Uses of Twitter within the Occupy movement

The first paper from Tim Highfield and my Mapping Movements project is now out in First Monday: Social media have become crucial tools for political activists and protest movements, providing another channel for promoting messages and garnering support. Twitter, in particular, has been identified as a noteworthy medium for protests in countries including Iran and … Continue reading Occupy Oakland and #oo: Uses of Twitter within the Occupy movement

Compromised Data? The social life of data, new tools, audience engagement, and social movements

The second day of the Compromised Data colloquium was fascinating, and I'm looking forward to chasing down further work from many of the presenters. The opening session started with Lisa Blackman discussing experiments with repurposing commercial software tools to explore contagion in complex environments, drawing on controversies around psychic research of the nineteenth century (including … Continue reading Compromised Data? The social life of data, new tools, audience engagement, and social movements

‘Compromised Data?’ Social media research: methodological challenges, unexamined niches, and the politics of big data

Today's presentations on big data research at Compromised Data? raised some important questions about the role that big data is playing in academic research and government policy, as well as about the methodological challenges faced by big data researchers. Greg Elmer's opening remarks positioned the 'compromised data?' theme in the broader context of neoliberal policies … Continue reading ‘Compromised Data?’ Social media research: methodological challenges, unexamined niches, and the politics of big data

Upcoming presentation: social movements and big data research

In October Tim and I will be presenting on the methodological underpinnings of our Mapping Movements project at the Compromised Data? colloquium at Ryerson University. Our paper examines some of the problems with big data research on social movements: Social movement research and big data: critiques and alternatives This paper examines the growing use of … Continue reading Upcoming presentation: social movements and big data research