A Protest’s Web: The Cross-Syndication Practices of G20 Toronto Summit Online Protest Platforms
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A Protest’s Web: The Cross-Syndication Practices of G20 Toronto Summit Online Protest Platforms A Protest’s Web: The Cross-Syndication Practices of G20 Toronto Summit Online Protest Platforms Presentation Transcript

  • G20 Cross-syndication
    • Anne Helmond, Catalina Iorga, Alejandro Ortega
  • ... the growing importance of Facebook as a space where a public can be reached and informed and can enter into a dialogue to discuss issues of common interest and influence political decision-making Networked Publics: The Double Articulation of Code and Politics on Facebook Ganaele Langlois University of Ontario Greg Elmer, Fenwick McKelvey, & Zachary Devereaux Ryerson University
  • Theoretically, the challenges primarily lie in understanding the uniqueness of social networking sites as assemblages where software processes, patterns of information circulation , communicative practices, social practices, and political contexts are articulated with and redefined by each other in complex ways.
  • Questions
    • What is the platform dependency of G20?
    • Can we map out the rich media ecology of a protest?
    • What is the scope of the scale of activism on Facebook?
  • Startingpoint
    • Select one of the largest G20 Toronto summit Facebook protest groups, "RESIST TORONTO G20 SUMMIT 2010" (over 6,800 members).
    • Identify other web spaces it is officially affiliated to: Website: G20Central Twitter account: @G20mobilize
  •  
  • Step 1: Harvest outlinks from the three selected platforms
    • The Toronto Community Mobilization Network's website (tool: NaviCrawler)
    • The official Twitter account (tool: copy paste in Harvester)
    • The official Facebook group (tool: semi-automatic Harvester)
  • Step 2: Examine which types of websites and respective content the outlinks refer to.
    • Analyze links
    • Categorize (eg: video platform, photo platform, NGO)
  • Step 3: Compare and contrast the three platforms' outlink networks
    • Count
    • Visualize (Bubbleline tool) Website: Facebook: Twitter:
  • Initial findings
    • Prominence of YouTube
    • YouTube is linked to but does not contain links in the comments
    • Content platforms do not link outside!
  • Where else are the photos and videos that are refered to?
  • What are the platforms where content is syndicated?
  • Problems
    • Facebook: scraping links from Links pages in Groups. Workaround for Linkripper:
      • copy paste all links
      • put in skype
      • follow all links
      • copy paste all links
      • put in link ripper
    • Scraping links from a single website: NaviCrawler website down.