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Traditionally, news media served as an interface between citizens and politics, eventually influencing the political behaviour together with the context and social networks embededness.
In the information age, both politics and communication are transformed. The popularity of online social platforms has increased the number of actors affected to spread political, commercial and other messages to a massive number of potential recipients. In this workshop we want to explore and characterize such phenomena through the lens of network theory and its applications.
Networked Collective Political Identities
Online Culture Wars
Diffusion of News and Misinformation
Selective Exposure, Echo Chambers and Polarization
Emergence of leaderships
Digital Parties Platform Communication
Data based propaganda
Populism (operative definition / quantification)
The Rise of the far right
The aim of the PCNet satellite is to provide a forum where qualitative and quantitative methods in political communication studies can interact and mutually cross-fertilize. Network science serves as a common ground, both theoretical and methodological, for a transdisciplinary dialogue between these complementary traditions.
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Director of the Centre for Digital Culture, King's College London
His research focuses on the transformation of politics in the digital era, in the context of social movements and political parties. Currently working on the ideology of the populist era, focusing on notions of control and protection that lie at the heart of contemporary political discourse. His research methodology combines discourse analysis, qualitative interviews with organisers, and social media analysis.
Joana Gonçalves de Sá
Leader of the Social Physics and Complexity (SPAC) research group at LIP, Portugal
Her current research uses data analytics and machine learning to study complex problems at the interface between Biomedicine, Computation, Policy, Social Sciences, and Mathematics. These include epidemiology, critical thinking, network dynamics, political discourse, and their applications to human-behavior, with a large ethical and societal focus. She is also the President of the General Assembly of the Citizens Forum, an NGO that aims at improving the quality of the democratic discussion.
Head of the Laboratory of Data Science and Complexity at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
His research interests include data science, network science, cognitive science, and data-driven modeling of dynamic processes in complex networks. His activity focuses on the data-driven modeling of social dynamics such as (mis)information spreading and the emergence of collective phenomena. Since 2018 he is Scientific Advisor of the Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM).
Joana Gonçalves de Sá [Keynote Speaker]
Thoughts on why people share fake news
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Fake News Analysis in Persian (Farsi) tweets
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Walter Quattrociocchi [Keynote Speaker]
From Confirmation Bias to Echo Chambers: A data-driven approach
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No Echo in this Chamber: Cross-Cutting Political Interactions on Reddit
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Analysing behavioural changes in Twitter political and general users during the spanish COVID-19 outbreak.
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Paolo Gerbaudo [Keynote Speaker]
Studying online right-wing populism: the case of Matteo Salvini's Facebook page
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