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V-Dem Seminar with Steven Wilson

Research profile seminar

Steven Wilson (visiting scholar 1-19 January) will present the paper "Social Media and Mobilization in Latin America".

Abstract: This article tests several hypotheses regarding the complex relationship between social media usage and mass mobilization. It presents a new dataset of the full text and metadata of some 500 million geocoded tweets from eight Latin American countries. Using custom-written GIS software, the province of origin of each tweet has been identified. In conjunction with the EMBERs dataset of protest events, this data is used to test whether social media is used organizationally (that is, prior to protest) or informationally (that is, during a protest). In addition, leveraging the segment of the population taking part in protest, and using computerized topic analysis on the full text of the tweets, the article explores social media´s utility as a source of measurement for sources of popular grievance.

Bio: Dr. Steven Lloyd Wilson is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Reno. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016, and serves as the Project Manager of Computational Infrastructure for the Varieties of Democracy Institute at the University of Gothenburg. His research focuses on comparative democratization, cyber-security, and the effect of the Internet on authoritarian regimes. He also works on a variety of projects involving network and content analysis of social media around the world.

Date: 1/17/2018

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Categories: Social Sciences

Organizer: Department of Political Science/V-Dem

Location: B336, Stora Skansen

Contact person: Natalia Stepanova

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