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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Social Media and Democracy (SMAD)

Focuses on the study of user-created digital media and its political and social implications and is broadly concerned with the implications of the internet for participatory engagement and political conversation, with particular attention to social media 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 and related data science techniques, to the study of “big data.”  Faculty Leaders: Dhavan Shah and Chris Wells.