Social Media and Democracy (SMAD)

The Social Media and Democracy (SMAD) group focuses on the study of user-created digital media and its political and social implications. The group’s work concerns the implications of the internet for participatory engagement and political expression, with particular attention to social platforms and web news sources, the interactions among them, and their implications for societal and political action. The group applies computational social science, especially language processing, trace data analysis, and related data science techniques.  Faculty Leader: Dhavan Shah