International Conference on Web and Social Media 2019

What an unforgettable week in Munich! The International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM-19) was held this year at the the Bavarian capital. This edition (the fourth in a row) I attended the conference to present, together with Vicenç Gómez and Andreas Kaltenbrunner, a tutorial on generative models of discussion threads. The tutorial … More International Conference on Web and Social Media 2019

TICTeC 2019

This was an ideal week to be Paris. mySociety chose the French capital for the the sixth edition of TICTeC, the Impacts of Civic Technology Conference. This was my third time at this conference which is aimed at promoting and sharing rigorous and meaningful research into online technologies and digital democracy around the world. In … More TICTeC 2019

Ciutat Oberta

This week Barcelona is celebrating the Open City Biennial of Thought (Ciutat Oberta), a festival of philosophy to debate the role of today’s cities with the big challenges facing contemporary society. Among the many events across the fourth itineraries (Digital City, Democratic City, Diverse City and Habitable City), a very inspiring event was held yesterday at Fabra i Coats: Digital Cities, … More Ciutat Oberta

ASONAM 2018

The IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM 2018) has taken place in Barcelona for its 2018 edition. From Tuesday to Friday, the conference has brought together researchers and practitioners from different fields to exchange of ideas/practices related to social networks analysis. In my case, the venue became a great … More ASONAM 2018

Online network organization of Barcelona en Comú, an emergent movement-party

Today, the article Online network organization of Barcelona en Comú, an emergent movement‑party written with Helena Gallego, David Laniado, Yana Volkovich and Andreas Kaltenbrunner got published in the Computational Social Networks open-access journal. This work is an extension of my MSc thesis Computational Framework for the Assessment of New Forms of Political Organization in Social Media, … More Online network organization of Barcelona en Comú, an emergent movement-party

International Conference on Social Informatics 2017

I am glad to have been back in Oxford. This time, my visit was motivated by the 9th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2017). The conference, which this year was organized by the Oxford Internet Institute, is an interdisciplinary venue for researchers from computer and social sciences to create better understanding of socially-centric platforms not just as … More International Conference on Social Informatics 2017

Detecting Platform Effects in Online Discussions

Today, our article “Detecting Platform Effects in Online Discussions” has been published in Policy & Internet. This is my second article in this journal and consists of an extended version of the working paper we presented in the IPP2016 conference (The Platform Society), which received the best paper award. The extension included a newer approach … More Detecting Platform Effects in Online Discussions

Summer School on Methods for Computational Social Science

I just arrived home after an incredible week in Sant’Antioco for the Summer School on Methods for Computational Social Science. This was the first edition of a series of three and focused on methods for capturing, analyzing and modeling digital trace data. The agenda, perfectly designed by Claudia Wagner, Nicola Perra, and David Brodesser, included very … More Summer School on Methods for Computational Social Science

International Conference on Computational Social Science 2017

From Monday to Thursday I was in Cologne for the 3rd Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science. This interdisciplinary event, held at the Maternushaus, is intended to bring academics, industry experts, open data activists, government agency workers, and think tank analysts to present and discuss recent work on computational social science. As usual, the organization of the … More International Conference on Computational Social Science 2017