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

IC2S2 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 IC2S2 2017

Mexican Tour (II)

For the second consecutive year, I went to Mexico invited by Paola Ricaurte to give a three day course at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey. The syllabus of theoretical concepts on social network analysis followed the same schema of last year: Introduction to graph theory Structural metrics Community detection methods Centrality measures Diffusion models Conversation … More Mexican Tour (II)

Análisis de datos en la participación de Decide Madrid

Today I went to Medialab Prado (Madrid) for a workshop on Analysis of data from participatory practices in Decide Madrid. The meeting was designed by my colleagues from ParticipaLAB to: review our past work within the Data Analysis group at the BetaDemic research network define new goals for the coming months. In particular, we discussed … More Análisis de datos en la participación de Decide Madrid


This week I am in Montreal (Canada) for the 11th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM-17). This is my second edition (in a row) at this venue for computational social science. This year I am presenting my recent PhD work “To Thread or Not to Thread: The Impact of Conversation Threading on Online … More ICWSM-17

TICTeC 2017

I came this week to Florence to attend TICTeC 2017: The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference 2017. The event brought together scientists, policy makers and NGOs to discuss about the impact of digital technologies on democracy. This was third edition of the series and my second participation. While my contribution in 2016 was devised to … More TICTeC 2017