Posts Tagged ‘Public policy analysis’

I was yesterday at the Just-in-Time-Sociology (JITSO) workshop in Lausanne (oh, how I still like this town, after such a long time!). JITSO was a small-scale, nice and friendly event for like-minded social researchers, who feel the urge to use their baggage of theories and techniques to provide science-informed responses to today’s fast-paced social, political […]

Statistics is not just about maths… beyond chi-squares and p-values, statistics was originally created in the seventeenth century as the science (or perhaps, the art)! of describing the state, and still does so today. Governments have statistical agencies in charge of informing it on the state of the country. Among other things, statistical agencies measure […]

What does economics have to do with riots, some may think: isn’t economics all about markets, employment and inflation? Well, the answer is NO under many respects. It is no mere coincidence that a resurgence of mass protest has accompanied the recent financial turmoil and austerity measures in many countries – from anti-government demonstrations in […]

I gave a one-day workshop on Introduction to Social Network Analysis  in July, and it was a great experience -for me and, from what I could see, for participants. I am now about to repeat the experience, and I’m so excited about it! Indeed, at the upcoming Winter School on Analytical Software at the University […]

Today, I presented my joint work with Antonio A. Casilli on Internet censorship and civil violence, based on the rapid response paper we released this summer, at the Centre for Business Network Analysis seminar of the University of Greenwich. It’s more of a work-in-progress now —we plan to build an upgraded version that includes both […]

Another post inspired by my participation in a major statistics conference –ISI2011 last week in Dublin. I am currently working at a large European project aiming to improve overall conditions of access to official data for scientific purposes, reducing existing inequalities across countries and (ideally, at least) providing a basis for a more consistent European-wide […]

by Antonio A. Casilli and Paola Tubaro During the last week several voices of the international blogosphere have been discussing our study on the impact of social media censorship during the August 2011 UK Riots. As you know if you have been reading our blogs, our work was based on computational methods and aimed at […]

 Yesterday, the University of Greenwich has published on its website a Press Release on the research about UK riots I have been doing with Antonio A. Casilli:  Others have commented on our research on how censorship may change the pattern of violence. In particular, so far: Numerama (18th August 2011, France), Une étude conclut que la censure […]

French version here The riots that shook Britain in the last few days have resulted in a form of “sociologist-hunting”. Following statements by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, confusion has emerged between efforts to understand this outburst and conspiracies to justify it. The open letter of the President of British Sociological Association to The […]

By Antonio A. Casilli & Paola Tubaro This is the first of a series of joint posts of Bodyspacesociety + Paola Tubaro’s Blog. You are kindly invited to visit both websites, featuring plenty of interesting stuff. Why social media bring democracy to developing countries and anarchy to rich ones? O sublime hypocrisy of European mainstream […]


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