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Global Change from the #MeToo Movement

Megan Stubbs-Richardson, MacKenzie Paul, & Shelby Gilbreath – October 15, 2023

In late 2017, #MeToo flooded social media: Twitter timelines, Instagram feeds, Facebook pages, and beyond. It’s likely you may recall seeing #MeToo trending across your own social media networks. Just 24 hours after Alyssa Milano’s impactful tweet, the hashtag rapidly transcended international borders, garnering over 12 million mentions across 85 nations(B. Fileborn and R. Loney-Howes, 2019).

Using vaderSentiment to Intuitively Predict the Sentiment of Social Media Posts

Taylor Ray and Sujan Anreddy – January 14, 2021

During any global event, the medium through which individuals are getting updated news and information about that event is incredibly important—especially in a situation like the current COVID-19 pandemic, where failure to obtain information that is accurate and reliable can have serious effects on one’s overall health and potentially even their life.

In our digitally-driven world, social media plays a tremendous role as a media outlet for younger and older groups alike. 

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A sixth month overview of the geolocated Twittersphere surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic

Megan Stubbs-Richardson and Viswadeep Lebakula – July 29, 2020

Individuals across the globe have taken to social media to cope and express concerns or dismay over the coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus has caused detrimental, life-threatening circumstances, and deaths globally. It has disrupted lives, the economy, the government, family institutions and the like from the start of the pandemic in January and its detrimental consequences continue into the present. But, have you ever wondered… what exactly are the most pressing topics surrounding this pandemic? And, how are they discussed in social media

Has the power of the Internet been a factor in crime reduction?

Megan Stubbs-Richardson – Feb. 1, 2019

One of the most challenging questions for criminologists is explaining how and why crime rates have plummeted. While there are many factors that explain drops in crime, a recent article published in Crime Science introduces a new question. Has the power of the Internet been a factor? Authors have focused on the impact of perhaps the most influential platform online, the Google Search Engine.

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Artificial Intelligence Applications for Social Science Research

In a world with hundreds of thousands of AI uses, we sought to offer social scientists a starting point for exploring the world of AI by building a database of 250 AI tools that can be used for social science research. We developed a database of 250…

HNDS-I: A Data Visualization Tool for the Covid-19 Online Prevalence of Emotions in Institutions Database.

DS3 lab secured funding for the HNDS-I: A Data Visualization Tool for the Covid-19 Online Prevalence of Emotions in Institutions Database from the National Science Foundation. Developing this tool allows us to contribute toward broadening…

The Changing Digital Landscape Project

Our team is building a dataset entitled “The Changing Digital Landscape by drawing data from the COVID-19 Online Prevalence of Emotions in Institutions Database (COPE-ID) from January 2020 to April 2021 to explore changing attitudes . . . 

Identity salience, social institutions, and emotions expressed about the COVID-19 pandemic on Twitter

Previous research has found emotions expressed during COVID-19 to be negative, such as anxiety, fear, and depression. However, some positive emotions (e.g., hope and trust) were associated with future-oriented perceptions of the pandemic . . . 

Analyses of Emotions Expressed in Social Media and Forums During the COVID - 19 Pandemic

The purpose of the COVID-19 RAPID project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) is to collect social media and forum data from 10-15 platforms to examine two research areas . . . 

A Spatial Analysis of Rape Culture News Events on Twitter

Extensive research has documented evidence of a rape culture across mediums and contexts. This study contributes to this body of research by examining how contextual aspects of place and mainstream . . .

The Silence Breakers: Digital Feminist Activism and Narratives of Gender-Based Violence in the #MeToo Movement

The spread of the #MeToo movement since October 2017 has been accompanied by a growing body of research investigating its implications for . . . 

Searching for Safety: Violent Crime Control and Strain Reduction in the Era of Google

The role of the Internet and its effect on crime trends is largely unknown. Researchers have documented how the Internet presents opportunities for cybercrime, with little research considering . . . 

Assessment of Social Media Usage During Severe Weather Events and the Development of a Twitter-Based Model for Improved Communication of Storm-Related Information

Twitter messages were found to be an important source of communication during weather-related emergencies. Despite warnings to take shelter or evacuate from a potential disaster site, many people . . . 

What Big Data Tells Us About the Growth of a Contemporary Pet Culture: Part 1, the Past

Although pet-keeping and owning is a universal and historical phenomenon, the nature of pet-keeping is affected by social, economic, and cultural processes of human culture. The current study provides a . . . 

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