Global Communication Studies

Social Media Data Analytics & Network Discovery Tutorial with Anatoliy Gruzd

As social creatures, our online lives just like our offline lives are intertwined with others within a wide variety of social networks. Each retweet on Twitter, comment on a blog or link to a Youtube video explicitly or implicitly connects one online participant to another and contributes to the formation of various information and social networks. Once discovered, these networks can provide researchers with an effective mechanism for identifying and studying collaborative processes within any online community.

Defending Your Rights in the Digital World: The Israeli Digital Rights Movement-with Efrat Daskal

Life in the digital world has led to the emergence of a new social identity, a global citizen endowed with digital rights. There is, however, a lack of consensus amongst stakeholders (governments, internet organizations, the IT community, media scholars, lawyers etc.) over the exact definition and scope of these rights. This state of affairs serves not only as fertile ground for constant deliberation among these actors but also as possible leverage for weaker social actors to step in and take part in the process of defining and framing these rights.

Spring 2015 CGCS Visiting Scholar Lunchtime Discussion

Please join us to welcome CGCS’s Spring 2015 visiting scholars to the Annenberg community and engage in an informal discussion. The scholars will be presenting their research interests, areas for potential collaborations, and pertinent media policy issues relevant to their regions and areas of expertise. Lunch will be served.

Abstracts forthcoming.


The Use of Social Media During the 2014 Crisis in Ukraine--with Anatoliy Gruzd

As more and more individuals and organizations are turning to social media to express themselves, debate politics, share news, and organize protests, their online interactions and content that they create offer researchers in social sciences a unique opportunity to study political events as they unfold and glimpse into how different groups in a society react to these events and organize themselves in the real time.

Addressing the Ultimate Form of Cybersecurity Control: A Multiple Case Study for the "Internet Kill Switch"--with Patricia A. Vargas-Leon

National security is one of the reasons most often cited by governments to justify their attempts to control the internet infrastructure. This study focuses on a form of internet government control, known as “internet kill switch,” a shutting down of the internet.

The proposed research seeks to provide a deeper understanding of the factors that drive governments to shut down the internet. By conducting a comparative case-study, this study has two purposes:

Online Public Sphere and the Authoritarian State in Turkey--with Bilge Yesil

Similar to other national contexts such as Iran, Russia, and China, state control of the internet looms large in Turkey. With the steady increase in internet use since the mid-2000s, efforts to confine online communications have amplified as seen through the filtering and blocking of content, the construction of a strict legal framework, and - more recently - the demonization and banning of social media platforms (e.g. YouTube and Twitter bans of 2014).


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