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Handbook of Digital Politics

Handbook of Digital Politics

Edited by Stephen Coleman and Deen Freelon

It would be difficult to imagine how a development as world-changing as the emergence of the Internet could have taken place without having some impact upon the ways in which politics is expressed, conducted, depicted and reflected upon. The Handbook of Digital Politics explores this impact in a series of chapters written by some of the world's leading Internet researchers. This volume is a must-read for students, researchers and practitioners interested in the changing landscape of political communication.

Chapter 25: On the cutting edge of Big Data: digital politics research in the social computing literature

Deen Freelon

Subjects: innovation and technology, innovation policy, technology and ict, politics and public policy, public choice


Computational social science methods and big data have become increasingly important for the study of Internet politics, yet much of the most interesting work in this area has been conducted outside the traditional social sciences. This chapter presents an overview of key works in Internet politics from the interdisciplinary subfield of social computing, which is heavily oriented toward the development of cutting-edge software and algorithms. It focuses on what social-scientific researchers can learn from the methodological, theoretical and empirical contributions of this vibrant research tradition.

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