SMaPP Global

May 22-24, 2016, NYU-Florence, Florence, Italy

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2nd Bi-Annual SMaPP Global Conference
May 22-24, 2016
Villa La Pietra, NYU-Florence, Via Bolognese 120


Co-Sponsored by the La Pietra Dialogues at NYU Florence and the NYU Global Institute for Advanced Study
Sunday, May 22

5:00   Tour of Villa La Pietra (conference participants only)

6:00   Opening reception at Villa La Pietra (conference participants only)

7:30   Dinner at Villa La Pietra (conference participants only)

Monday, May 23

9:15     Welcome: Ellyn Toscano (NYU-Florence) and Joshua Tucker (SMaPP-Global)

9:30 – 10:30     “Communication Networks and Large-Scale Coordination (or Can We Use Social Media as an Early-Warning Device?)”

  • Presenter:  Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon
  • Chair:  Richard Bonneau

10:30 – 10:45   Coffee

10:45 – 11:45   “Estimating Media Alignment from Publicly Revealed Preferences” (with Solomon Messing & Will Fithian)

  • Presenter:  Eytan Bakshy
  • Chair:  Pablo Barberá

11:45 – 12:45   “Communities of Protest

  • Presenter:  Joshua Tucker (with Jenn Larson, Jonathan Nagler, & Jonathan Ronen)
  • Chair: Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon

1:00 – 2:00       Lunch

2:00 – 3:30       Round Table Discussions

  • Working with Instagram Data
    • Yannis Theocharis, Margaret Roberts, Samuel Gosling
  • Dealing with the “Representativeness of Social Media Data” problem. How serious is it? What are possible solutions?
    • Pablo Barberá, Stefano Iacus, Nick Beauchamp
  • Challenges from the problem of “scaling up”
    • Sandra Gonzalez-Baillon, Juliana Freire

3:30                   Coffee + Brief Presentation from Martha Sedgwick, Sage University Press

3:30 – 5:00       Collaborative Work Session I

5:00 – 6:00       “How Chinese Bureaucrats Distort Upward Reporting of Online Public Sentiment”

  • Presenter:  Jennifer Pan
  • Chair: Ruben Enikolopov

6:00 – 7:00       “The Black Market for Information: Perverse and Expected Effects of Increased Censorship on Evasion of the Great Firewall”

  • Presenter:  Margaret Roberts
  • Chair: Dean Eckles
Tuesday, May 24

9:30 – 10:30     “Using text analysis of debates to track the thinking, emotional, and social patterns of the 2016 candidates

  • Presenter:  Jamie Pennebaker
  • Chair:  John  Jost

10:30 – 10:45   Coffee

10:45 – 11:45   “Leaders or Followers? Measuring Political Responsiveness in the U.S. Congress
Using Social Media Data”

  • Presenters:  Pablo Barberá  and Jonathan Nagler
  • Chair:  Nick Beauchamp

11:45 – 12:45   “Social Media and Political Donations” (with Ananya Sen and Pinar Yildrim)

  • Presenter:  Maria Petrova
  • Chair:  Jen Pan

1:00 – 2:00       Lunch

2:00 – 3:00       Roundtable + Book Discussion

  • Survey research and social media
    • Cristian Vaccari, Joshua Tucker
  • Book/Planning discussion

3:00                   Coffee

3:00 – 5:00       Collaborative Work Session II

5:00 – 6:00       “We came unequal into this (digital) world, and unequal shall we go out of it? Digital media and participatory inequality in Europe” (with Peter Obert and Jan W. van Deth)

  • Presenter:  Yannis Theocharis
  • Chair:  Cristian Vaccari

6:00 – 7:00       “Why People Dual-Screen Political Debates and Why It Matters for Democratic Engagement” (with Andrew Chadwick and Ben O’Loughlin)

  • Presenter:  Cristian Vaccari
  • Chair:  Yannis Theocharis

Directions to NYU Florence from San Gallo Palace Hotel (see map for addresses)

Take the 25 bus line from the nearby  Libertà Square (Piazza della Libertà), until you reach the “La Pietra” bus stop  (about 5-6 stops). From there, walk down the hill for about 1 min, and you will see the entrance gate of NYU Florence.

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