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Stick & Flow: a critical framework for investigating bot engagement on social media

The working group Stick&Flow is a collaborative initiative to create innovative digital visual methods and methodologies for studying bot engagement on Instagram and Tumblr. The project is funded by CAIS – Center for Advanced Internet Studies, and it was officially presented this week (26 August, 2020) by myself and Elena Pilipets (Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt, Austria) at CAIS Colloquium. We are a total of six researchers fascinated with the life of bots: Jason Chao (University of Warwick/Universität Siegen, England/Germany), Mengying Li (Journalism School, Continue reading “Stick & Flow: a critical framework for investigating bot engagement on social media”

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[Livro] Métodos Digitais

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Computer Vision Networks

This post concerns experimental and exploratory research on digital networks, more specific speaking networks afforded and built upon computer vision. An important note is that this post was originally published at Medium, and yes, before you ask, I did copy and paste the content here. Despite of that, and considering the informative and descriptive characteristics of this post, I hope it is worthwhile reading.

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Digital Methods for Hashtag Engagement Research

This article seeks to contribute to the field of digital research by critically accounting for the relationship between hashtags and their forms of grammatization—the platform techno-materialization process of online activity. We approach hashtags as sociotechnical formations that serve social media research not only as criteria in corpus selection but also displaying the complexity of the online engagement and its entanglement with the technicity of web platforms.

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We had to take one of your papers down :(

If you are alone, you cannot fight the power of digital platforms. This post is an unfortunate description of moderation content [1], in particular the lack of capacity of Academia in checking a copyright request, and later, the lack of attitude towards publicly assuming the error.

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Call into the platform!

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Reading Digital Networks: Climate Emergency, Bolsonaro & Bot Image Circulation by Vision API.

Let´s talk digital networks! But not exactly information or neural networks, neither the networks build from marketing places for work, such as Amazon´s Mechanical Turk, Lucid, YouGov, CrowdFlower or Prolific. I want to talk digital networks both “as captured by digital data”

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#SMARTDataSprint 2020 Digital Methods: theory-practice-critique

SMART Data Sprint 2020. Digital Methods: theory-practice-critique. 27-31 January 2020, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, NOVA FCSH, Lisbon.
SMART Data Sprint 2020. Digital Methods: theory-practice-critique. 27-31 January 2020, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, NOVA FCSH, Lisbon. Info: https://smart.inovamedialab.org/2020-digital-methods/
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Web APIs over the years

With the intention to grasp the technicity of digital platforms, I´ve been following up social media APIs for a while. There is also this model (a work still in progress) that question what one should look at social media APIs. The main reason for looking at social media APIs, I argue, consists of two key strands that allow for repurposing of digital research (both in theory and in practice).

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