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Co-sponsored by NYU Global Institute for Advanced Study

The La Pietra Dialogues are pleased to welcome the 2nd Biannual Meeting of SMaPP-Global to Florence. SMaPP-Global is a joint initiative of the NYU Global Institute for Advanced Study (GIAS) and NYU’s Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) laboratory (smapp.nyu.edu). SMaPP-Global’s goals are three-fold: (1) to better understand how social media impacts political participation; (2) to better understand how elites utilize social media to pursue political goals; and (3) to develop open-source tools that facilitate the use of social media data for the study of politics. SMaPP-Global is made up of 25 scholars from across NYU, the United States, and Europe who meet biannually to share ongoing research, collaborate on new research ideas, and develop new research strategies. The conference will feature individual paper presentations, discussion, and roundtables, all of which the public is welcome to attend.

 
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Program
 

Monday, May 23

9:15-9:30am Welcome Remarks
Ellyn Toscano, Executive Director, New York University Florence
Introduction
Joshua Tucker, New York University

9:30 – 10:30 “Communication Networks and Large-Scale Coordination (or Can We Use Social Media as an Early-Warning Device?)”
Presenter: Sandra González-Bailón, University of Pennsylvania
Chair: Richard Bonneau, New York University

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee

10:45 – 11:45 “Estimating Media Alignment from Publicly Revealed Preferences” (with Solomon Messing & Will Fithian)
Presenter: Eytan Bakshy, Facebook
Chair: Pablo Barberá, New York University

11:45 – 12:45 “Communities of Protest”
Presenter: Joshua Tucker, New York University
Chair: Sandra González-Bailón, University of Pennsylvania

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 Round Table Discussions
Working with Instagram Data

Yannis Theocharis, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research
Margaret Roberts, University of California San Diego
Samuel Gosling, University of Texas at Austin

Dealing with the “Representativeness of Social Media Data” Problem. How Serious Is It? What Are Possible Solutions? Pablo Barberá, New York University
Stefano Iacus, University of Milan
Nick Beauchamp, Northeastern University

Challenges from the Problem of ‘Scaling Up’
Sandra González-Bailón, University of Pennsylvania
Juliana Freire, New York University

3:30 Coffee + Brief Presentation from Martha Sedgwick, Sage University Press

3:30 – 5:00 Group Collaboration

5:00 – 6:00 “How Chinese Bureaucrats Distort Upward Reporting of Online Public Sentiment”
Presenter: Jennifer Pan, Stanford University
Chair: Ruben Enikolopov, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the New Economic School, Moscow

6:00 – 7:00 “The Black Market for Information: Perverse and Expected Effects of Increased Censorship on Evasion of the Great Firewall”
Presenter: Margaret Roberts, University of California San Diego
Chair: Dean Eckless, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tuesday, May 24

9:30 – 10:30am “Using Text Analysis of Debates to Track the Thinking, Emotional, and Social Patterns of the 2016 Candidates”
Presenter: James Pennebaker, University of Texas at Austin
Chair: John Jost, New York University

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee

10:45 – 11:45 “Leaders or Followers? Measuring Political Responsiveness in the U.S. Congress Using Social Media Data”
Presenters: Pablo Barberá and Jonathan Nagler, New York University
Chair: Nick Beauchamp, Northeastern University

11:45 – 12:45pm “Social Media and Political Donations” (with Ananya Sen and Pinar Yildrim)
Presenter: Maria Petrova, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Chair: Jennifer Pan, Stanford University

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00 – 3:00 Roundtable + Book Discussion
Survey Research and Social Media
Cristian Vaccari, University of London and University of Bologna
Joshua Tucker, New York University
Book/Planning discussion
All participants

3:00 Coffee

3:00 – 5:00 Group Collaboration

5:00 – 6:00 “We Came Unequal into this (Digital) World, and Unequal Shall We Go Out of It? Digital Media and Participatory Inequality in Europe” (with Peter Obert and Jan W. van Deth)
Presenter: Yannis Theocharis, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research
Chair: Cristian Vaccari, University of London and University of Bologna

6:00 – 7:00 “Why People Dual-Screen Political Debates and Why It Matters for Democratic Engagement” (with Andrew Chadwick and Ben O’Loughlin)
Presenter: Cristian Vaccari, University of London and University of Bologna
Chair: Yannis Theocharis, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research

 
 
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