The project "Bots Building Bridges (3B): Theoretical, Empirical, and Technological Foundations for Systems that Monitor and Support Political Deliberation Online" -- a significant research collaboration between the ANU (VOSON Lab), the University of Bielefeld and the University College Dublin- has been granted 4-year funding by
The article "Important relationships in a multilevel world: The role of network structure in explaining closeness of relationships and access to resources in later life" authored by Dr Mahin Raissi and Rob Ackland, has been recently published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
Rob Ackland presented the opening keynote "Deliberation and Influence on Social Media: Insights from Network Analysis" on the online workshop "Practical Applications of Network Science 2021", organised by RMIT, and held on Feb. 22-23, 2021.
The chapter: 'Truth and the dynamics of news diffusion on Twitter', co-authored by Rob Ackland and Karl Wynn, investigates two important aspects of misinformation: the truthfulness of the piece of information, and whether the truthfulness of the piece has an effect on its diffusion, in the context of online social networks.
In response to the challenging times, researchers from the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences have organised a space to offer forums for discussion, ideas for redirecting research or modifying methodologies, and opportunities for networking.