Type

Journal Article

Authors

Joe Carthy
Padraig Cunningham
Maura Conway
Derek Greene
Nico Prucha
Derek O'Callaghan

Subjects

Computer Science

Topics
jihadi twitter social networks visualization political science gender world wide web terrorism syria information retrieval computer networks

Online social media in the Syria conflict: encompassing the extremes and the in-betweens (2014)

Abstract The Syria conflict has been described as the most socially mediated in history, with online social media playing a particularly important role. At the same time, the ever-changing landscape of the conflict leads to difficulties in applying analytical approaches taken by other studies of online political activism. Therefore, in this paper, we use an approach that does not require strong prior assumptions or the proposal of an advance hypothesis to analyze Twitter and YouTube activity of a range of protagonists to the conflict, in an attempt to reveal additional insights into the relationships between them. By means of a network representation that combines multiple data views, we uncover communities of accounts falling into four categories that broadly reflect the situation on the ground in Syria. A detailed analysis of selected communities within the anti-regime categories is provided, focusing on their central actors, preferred online platforms, and activity surrounding “real world” events. Our findings indicate that social media activity in Syria is considerably more convoluted than reported in many other studies of online political activism, suggesting that alternative analytical approaches can play an important role in this type of scenario.
Collections Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = DCU Faculties and Schools: Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Publication Type = Article
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Social Sciences: Political science
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Status = Published
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Social Sciences: Terrorism
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Computer Science: Computer networks
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = Research Initiatives and Centres
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Social Sciences: Gender
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Social Sciences
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Computer Science
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = DCU Faculties and Schools
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Computer Science: World Wide Web
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = Research Initiatives and Centres: Centre for International Studies (CIS)
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Computer Science: Visualization
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = DCU Faculties and Schools: Faculty of Humanities and Social Science: School of Law and Government
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Computer Science: Information retrieval

Full list of authors on original publication

Joe Carthy, Padraig Cunningham, Maura Conway, Derek Greene, Nico Prucha, Derek O'Callaghan

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