The Promise & Perils of
Digital Democracy
Karissa McKelvey
Michael Conover
Wednesday, October 24, 12
PROJECT
DATE SOURCE
AUGUST 2011 FACEBOOK
SOCIAL CONNECTOME
Wednesday, October 24, 12
PROJECT
DATE SOURCE
JANUARY 2010 PEDRO MIGUEL CRUZ
LISBON TRAFFIC
Wednesday, October 24, 12
PROJECT
DATE SOURCE
JANUARY 2012 GUARDIAN.CO.UK
ARAB SPRING
Wednesday, October 24, 12
The Information Age
Dissemination of Information
Wednesday, October 24, 12
Organizations
Resources & Expertise
One to Many
Web 1.0: Broadcast
Wednesday, October 24, 12
Individuals
Low Barriers to Entry
Many to Many
Web 2.0: Social
Wednesday, October 24, 12
The Dark Side of Social Media
Wednesday, October 24, 12
Anonymity
Wednesday, October 24, 12
Social Environments
Online behavior is becoming the behavior of humanity.
Wednesday, October 24, 12
Criminal Activity & Chat Logs
Civil Liberties
International Implications
The State of Surveillance
Wednesday, October 24, ...
If you aren’t paying for the product,
you are the product.
A New Currency
Wednesday, October 24, 12
Astroturf & Misinformation
Wednesday, October 24, 12
PROJECT
DATE SOURCE
FEBRUARY 2011 INDIANA UNIVERSITY
THE ECHO CHAMBER
Wednesday, October 24, 12
Please follow @username for an outstanding
progressive voice! #p2 #dems #prog #tcot
Couple Aborts Twin Boys for Being Wron...
DATE
FEBRUARY 2011
Far Left
Moderate
Left
Centrist
Moderate
Right
Far Right
#healthcare
#judaism
#hollywood
#2010elections...
PROJECT
DATE SOURCE
OCTOBER 2012 INDIANA UNIVERSITY
OCCUPY WALL STREET
STABLE POLITICS REVOLUTIONARY
Intrastate Interstate...
PROJECT
DATE SOURCE
OCTOBER 2012 NEW YORK TIMES
POLITICAL KNOWLEDGE DISCOVERY
Wednesday, October 24, 12
PROJECT
DATE SOURCE
MARCH 2011 INDIANA UNIVERSITY
RETWEETS
HASHTAGS
PARTISANSHIP PREDICTION
Wednesday, October 24, 12
Knowledge
Discovery
$4 Billion Political Advertising Industry
Non-Obvious Behavioral Data
Popular Left Popular Right
feedp...
LEFT-LEANING RIGHT-LEANING
POLICY ISSUES
DATE SOURCE
MARCH 2011 INDIANA UNIVERSITY
Wednesday, October 24, 12
LEFT-LEANING RIGHT-LEANING
POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY
DATE SOURCE
MARCH 2011 INDIANA UNIVERSITY
Wednesday, October 24, 12
PROJECT
DATE SOURCE
FEBRUARY 2011 INDIANA UNIVERSITY
PARTISAN ASYMMETRIES
Wednesday, October 24, 12
Digital Democracy & Open Data
Digital Immersion
Communication Research
Wisdom of the Crowd
Wednesday, October 24, 12
PROJECT
DATE SOURCE
CURRENT TRUTHY.INDIANA.EDU
THE TRUTHY PROJECT
Wednesday, October 24, 12
PROJECT
DATE SOURCE
CURRENT TRUTHY.INDIANA.EDU
THE TRUTHY PROJECT
Wednesday, October 24, 12
PROJECT
DATE SOURCE
CURRENT TRUTHY.INDIANA.EDU
THE TRUTHY PROJECT
Wednesday, October 24, 12
CELEBRITY ACCOUNTS
TRUTHY.INDIANA.EDU
MITT ROMNEY
MICHELLE
OBAMA
WHITE HOUSE
Wednesday, October 24, 12
PROJECT
DATE SOURCE
CURRENT TRUTHY.INDIANA.EDU
THE TRUTHY PROJECT
Wednesday, October 24, 12
PROJECT
DATE SOURCE
CURRENT TRUTHY.INDIANA.EDU
THE TRUTHY PROJECT
Wednesday, October 24, 12
PROJECT
DATE SOURCE
CURRENT INDIANA UNIVERSITY
THE TRUTHY PROJECT
Wednesday, October 24, 12
PROJECT
DATE SOURCE
CURRENT TRUTHY.INDIANA.EDU
THE TRUTHY PROJECT
Wednesday, October 24, 12
The Promise & Perils of
Digital Democracy
Alessandro Flammini
Filippo Menczer
Jacob Ratkiewicz
Michael Conover
Bruno Gonca...
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Presented at a free public forum called "Science Cafe" designed to bring together scientists and the public. We overview our motivations and interesting aspects of computer-mediated communication research, specifically related to privacy, politics, and social movements.

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  1. 1. The Promise & Perils of Digital Democracy Karissa McKelvey Michael Conover Wednesday, October 24, 12
  2. 2. PROJECT DATE SOURCE AUGUST 2011 FACEBOOK SOCIAL CONNECTOME Wednesday, October 24, 12
  3. 3. PROJECT DATE SOURCE JANUARY 2010 PEDRO MIGUEL CRUZ LISBON TRAFFIC Wednesday, October 24, 12
  4. 4. PROJECT DATE SOURCE JANUARY 2012 GUARDIAN.CO.UK ARAB SPRING Wednesday, October 24, 12
  5. 5. The Information Age Dissemination of Information Wednesday, October 24, 12
  6. 6. Organizations Resources & Expertise One to Many Web 1.0: Broadcast Wednesday, October 24, 12
  7. 7. Individuals Low Barriers to Entry Many to Many Web 2.0: Social Wednesday, October 24, 12
  8. 8. The Dark Side of Social Media Wednesday, October 24, 12
  9. 9. Anonymity Wednesday, October 24, 12
  10. 10. Social Environments Online behavior is becoming the behavior of humanity. Wednesday, October 24, 12
  11. 11. Criminal Activity & Chat Logs Civil Liberties International Implications The State of Surveillance Wednesday, October 24, 12
  12. 12. If you aren’t paying for the product, you are the product. A New Currency Wednesday, October 24, 12
  13. 13. Astroturf & Misinformation Wednesday, October 24, 12
  14. 14. PROJECT DATE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2011 INDIANA UNIVERSITY THE ECHO CHAMBER Wednesday, October 24, 12
  15. 15. Please follow @username for an outstanding progressive voice! #p2 #dems #prog #tcot Couple Aborts Twin Boys for Being Wrong Gender .. http://bit.ly/xyz #tcot #christian #teaparty #p2 #prolife Content Injection Wednesday, October 24, 12
  16. 16. DATE FEBRUARY 2011 Far Left Moderate Left Centrist Moderate Right Far Right #healthcare #judaism #hollywood #2010elections #capitalism #security #publicoption #recession #dreamact #topprogs #aarp #citizensunited #democratic #banksters #energy #sarahpalin #progressives #stopbeck #iraq #women #democrats #social #seniors #dnc #budgets #political #gopproud #christian #media #nobel #rangel #waste #saveamerica #american #gold #repeal #mexico #terrorism #gopleader #palin12 #912project #twisters #gop2112 #israel #foxnews #mediabias #constitution #patriots #rednov #abortion SOURCE INDIANA UNIVERSITY PARTISAN LANGUAGE Wednesday, October 24, 12
  17. 17. PROJECT DATE SOURCE OCTOBER 2012 INDIANA UNIVERSITY OCCUPY WALL STREET STABLE POLITICS REVOLUTIONARY Intrastate Interstate wall, nyc, street, news, 99%, bank don’t, media, peaceful, nypd city, tonight, march, join, solidarity day, square, please, park, now Wednesday, October 24, 12
  18. 18. PROJECT DATE SOURCE OCTOBER 2012 NEW YORK TIMES POLITICAL KNOWLEDGE DISCOVERY Wednesday, October 24, 12
  19. 19. PROJECT DATE SOURCE MARCH 2011 INDIANA UNIVERSITY RETWEETS HASHTAGS PARTISANSHIP PREDICTION Wednesday, October 24, 12
  20. 20. Knowledge Discovery $4 Billion Political Advertising Industry Non-Obvious Behavioral Data Popular Left Popular Right feedproxy.google.com feedproxy.google.com mediamatters.org hotair.com politicalwind.com gop2112.com youtube.com youtube.com dailykos.com redstate.com truthy-out.org firstthings.com msnbc.msn.com americanthinker.com harryreid.com google.com www.google.com survivalstation.org realclearpolitics.com newsbusters.org Wednesday, October 24, 12
  21. 21. LEFT-LEANING RIGHT-LEANING POLICY ISSUES DATE SOURCE MARCH 2011 INDIANA UNIVERSITY Wednesday, October 24, 12
  22. 22. LEFT-LEANING RIGHT-LEANING POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY DATE SOURCE MARCH 2011 INDIANA UNIVERSITY Wednesday, October 24, 12
  23. 23. PROJECT DATE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2011 INDIANA UNIVERSITY PARTISAN ASYMMETRIES Wednesday, October 24, 12
  24. 24. Digital Democracy & Open Data Digital Immersion Communication Research Wisdom of the Crowd Wednesday, October 24, 12
  25. 25. PROJECT DATE SOURCE CURRENT TRUTHY.INDIANA.EDU THE TRUTHY PROJECT Wednesday, October 24, 12
  26. 26. PROJECT DATE SOURCE CURRENT TRUTHY.INDIANA.EDU THE TRUTHY PROJECT Wednesday, October 24, 12
  27. 27. PROJECT DATE SOURCE CURRENT TRUTHY.INDIANA.EDU THE TRUTHY PROJECT Wednesday, October 24, 12
  28. 28. CELEBRITY ACCOUNTS TRUTHY.INDIANA.EDU MITT ROMNEY MICHELLE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE Wednesday, October 24, 12
  29. 29. PROJECT DATE SOURCE CURRENT TRUTHY.INDIANA.EDU THE TRUTHY PROJECT Wednesday, October 24, 12
  30. 30. PROJECT DATE SOURCE CURRENT TRUTHY.INDIANA.EDU THE TRUTHY PROJECT Wednesday, October 24, 12
  31. 31. PROJECT DATE SOURCE CURRENT INDIANA UNIVERSITY THE TRUTHY PROJECT Wednesday, October 24, 12
  32. 32. PROJECT DATE SOURCE CURRENT TRUTHY.INDIANA.EDU THE TRUTHY PROJECT Wednesday, October 24, 12
  33. 33. The Promise & Perils of Digital Democracy Alessandro Flammini Filippo Menczer Jacob Ratkiewicz Michael Conover Bruno Goncalves Mark Meiss Emilio Ferrara Karissa McKelvey Clayton Davis Emily Metzgar Hans Ibold Wednesday, October 24, 12

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