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Monthly Archives: September 2016

NULab Co-Director David Lazer Publishes Research in Science

Written on September 29, 2016 at 9:58 pm, by

In new research pub­lished in the journal Sci­ence, David Lazer, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Political Sci­ence and Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ences, and his col­leagues ana­lyzed the effec­tive­ness of global-​​scale data­bases of news articles in understanding and predicting worldwide events. While Lazer and his team under­scored that these sys­tems hold great promise, they found these sys­tems wanting—falling  Continue Reading »

Fall Welcome Event

Written on September 27, 2016 at 9:41 am, by

Please join us October 17th from 3:00-6:30pm in 90 Snell Library for a Fall Welcome hosted by Northeastern University’s NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks and Northeastern University Library’s Digital Scholarship Group. We hope to bring together colleagues on campus and in Greater Boston interested in digital scholarship. We invite you to come by for:  Continue Reading »

Zeynep Tufekci: Computational Social Science as Gatekeeper

Written on September 20, 2016 at 8:16 pm, by

Computational Social Science as Gatekeeper: Promise & Peril as it extends beyond Academia Zeynep Tufekci Computational social science (CSS) is not confined to academia. If anything, some of the best data sources for CSS are proprietary databases which belong to software and technology companies. Computational social science appeals to for well-resourced corporations outside the technology  Continue Reading »

New article shares insights from early-career scholars into the digital humanities

Written on September 16, 2016 at 10:33 am, by

A new article, published in Common-place: The Journal of Early American Life,  shares insights into early American studies and the digital humanities from four early-career scholars who have been involved in several NULab projects. The article’s authors—Benjamin Doyle, Elizabeth Hopwood, Jim McGrath, and Abby Mullen—are recent graduates of or current students at Northeastern who have experiences  Continue Reading »

Nicholas Beauchamp in the American Journal of Political Science

Written on September 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm, by

NULab core faculty member Nicholas Beauchamp has published new research in the American Journal of Political Science. Beauchamp’s article, “Predicting and Interpolating State-Level Polls Using Twitter Textual Data,” combines 1,200 state-level polls from the 2012 presidential campaign with over 100 million political tweets to show that “when properly modeled, the Twitter-based measures track and to some degree predict  Continue Reading »

Professor Moya Bailey covered in the Washington Post

Written on September 11, 2016 at 5:24 pm, by

Following the recent attacks on Leslie Jones, Katy Perry tweeted support towards her last week – including the term “misogynoir,” which was coined by NULab core faculty member and professor of WGSS and Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies Moya Bailey in an essay in 2014. The term refers specifically to Black women, combining the anti-Blackness  Continue Reading »

NULab-affiliated postdoc Philipp Hunziker co-authors a paper in Science magazine

Written on September 9, 2016 at 6:33 pm, by

NULab-affiliated postdoc Philipp Hunziker has a new paper showing that politically excluded groups have lower access to the Internet compared with those in power.  “Digital discrimination: Political bias in Internet service provision across ethnic groups,” by  Nils B. Weidmann, Suso Benitez-Baleato, Philipp Hunziker, Eduard Glatz, and Xenofontas Dimitropoulos, was published today in Science. To read  Continue Reading »

Gary King: How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, not Engaged Argument

Written on September 7, 2016 at 9:06 pm, by

How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, not Engaged Argument Gary King, Distinguished Professor at Harvard University The Chinese government has long been suspected of hiring as many as 2,000,000 people to surreptitiously insert huge numbers of pseudonymous and other deceptive writings into the stream of real social media posts, as  Continue Reading »