New short paper with my colleague Taha Yasseri. Basic argument: we won’t get political predictions out of the social web without understanding more about how political processes generate online information dynamics.
Have a look here.
Yasseri, T. and Bright, J. 2014. Can electoral popularity be predicted using socially generated big data? it - Information Technology, 56(5), 246–253.
Bright, J. 2014. In search of the politics of security. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, forthcoming.
Bright, J., Garzia, D., Lacey, J., and Trechsel, A. 2014. Transnationalising Europe's Voting Space, EUDO Working Paper RSCAS2014/02.
Bright, J., and Nicholls, T. 2014. The Life and Death of Political News: Measuring the Impact of the Audience Agenda Using Online Data, Social Science Computer Review, 32(2), 170-181.
'Electoral Politics and Information Seeking on the Social Web: Towards Theoretically Informed Big Data Analytics'
IPP 2014, 25-26 September, Oxford. With Taha Yasseri.
'The Structure of Online Communication in Extremist and Non-Extremist Political Movements'
VOXPOL Conference, 28-29 August 2014, London.
'The Representative Deficit in Different European
European Political Science Association General Conference, 19-21 June 2014, Edinburgh. With Diego Garzia, Joseph Lacey and Alex Trechsel.
Research projects I am currently working on:
Big data and election prediction: analysing online information seeking during the European Parliament elections, in conjunction with Taha Yasseri and Eve Ahearn.
Urban Data 2 Decide, in conjunction with Taha Yasseri and Stefano de Sabbata at the OII and a whole range of other European researchers.
VOXPOL: Virtual centre of excellence for research in violent online political extremism, in conjunction with a network of researchers funded under the EU's 7th Framework Programme.
Trans-nationalising Europe's voting space, in conjunction with Joseph Lacey, Diego Garzia and Alexander Trechsel at EUDO.
I am a political scientist specialising in political communication, digital government and computational social science. I am interested in how data generated by the rise of the internet and the digitisation of social life can help governments improve service delivery and help political scientists understand more about how people get political information and decide when and how to participate.
If you want to know more please email me at email@example.com
Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (2013 - present)
Adjunct Professor, European Union Politics, James Madison University (2012-2013)
PhD in Political Science, European University Institute (2012)
MSc in International Politics (Distinction), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2007)
BSc in Computer Science (First Class), University of Bristol (2003)
Languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese Mandarin (basic)
Programming: Python (NetworkX, Basemap), Perl, SQL, R (ggplot), HTML/CSS
Analysis: Social network analysis, event history analysis, automated content analysis, ols and logistic regression.
Research Assistant, FRIDE (2008)
Managing Editor, openDemocracy (2005-2008)
Lecturer, Yangzhou Polytechnical College (2004)
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