Phil 8.21.18

7:00 – 3:00 ASRC MKT

  • Rework the slides
    • Explicit introduction, lit review, methods, results, conclusion and discussion slides
    • Slide for the difference between opinion dynamics & consensus formation as a static end  and part of a dynamic process. (Tribe membership may be static, belief of the tribe is highly dynamic. It’s the story for the group)
    • Revisit stampede/flock/nomad slide in the conclusions
    • Lose the following slides:
      • Belief space
      • Theory slide replace with a slide that breaks out the to knobs of dimension reduction and social influence horizons. The slide is called “the simple trick” Explain how herding affects these knobs by presenting simple issues and making the network stiffer through weight and connection
    • Get rid of optical polarization
  • Fanning the Flames of Hate: Social Media and Hate Crime
    • This paper investigates the link between social media and hate crime using Facebook data. We study the case of Germany, where the recently emerged right-wing party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has developed a major social media presence. We show that right-wing anti-refugee sentiment on Facebook predicts violent crimes against refugees in otherwise similar municipalities with higher social media usage. To further establish causality, we exploit exogenous variation in major internet and Facebook outages, which fully undo the correlation between social media and hate crime. We further find that the effect decreases with distracting news events; increases with user network interactions; and does not hold for posts unrelated to refugees. Our results suggest that social media can act as a propagation mechanism between online hate speech and real-life violent crime.
  • Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of its users on a scale from zero to 1
    • Facebook has begun to assign its users a reputation score, predicting their trustworthiness on a scale from zero to 1.
    • Tessa Lyons, product manager who is in charge of fighting misinformation (video)
  • Social Science One
    • implements a new type of partnership between academic researchers and private industry to advance the goals of social science in understanding and solving society’s greatest challenges. The partnership enables academics to analyze the increasingly rich troves of information amassed by private industry in responsible and socially beneficial ways. It ensures the public maintains privacy while gaining societal value from scholarly research. And it enables firms to enlist the scientific community to help them produce social good, while protecting their competitive positions.
  • Lost Causes Is this fashion in economic theory (found via Twitter)?Causal
  • Poster printing – UMBC Commonvision