VOSON Lab affiliates have participated in the Fourth Australian Social Network Analysis Conference #ASNAC2019. The conference intends to build greater coordination and collaboration among social network researchers and practitioners in Australia and overseas, and raise the profile of Australian social network research nationally and internationally.
On November 27, Rob Ackland and Bryan Gertzel ran the pre-conference Workshop: VOSON Lab Tools for Collecting and Analysing Online Networks, where participants were introduced to two open-source R packages for online network collection and analysis, developed at the Lab: VOSON Dashboard and vosonSML.
On the plenary, Mahin Raissi presented a study that assesses the role and impact of socialbots and trolls on political conversations on Twitter, during the 2016 US presidential election. The study analyses structural signatures of network interactions within ego networks and partial networks, in order to understand what are bots and trolls doing and how did humans react to these actions.
Rob Ackland presented the study "The deliberative potential of online discussion: An analysis of dynamic threaded conversation networks on Reddit". This paper examines how the deliberative potential of an online discussion evolves over time via an analysis of large-scale data collected from the social news site Reddit.
The Fourth ASNAC conference took place on November 28-29, 2019 at Flinders University, Adelaide. This conference marks the fourth national meeting in Australia for Social Network Analysis (SNA) researchers and practitioners.
The program can be found HERE