What’s the big deal with big data? “There is a data-driven transformation underway” that impacts our everyday lives, says Microsoft’s National Technology Officer John Weigelt (Weigelt, 2014). John – who advocates for the use of technology by private and public sectors, economic development, innovation, environmental sustainability, accessibility, privacy, and security … Continue Reading →
Are we becoming more isolated because of our incessant need to be glued to our screens? Keith Hampton, an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Rutgers University, doesn’t think so. In his research, Keith explores the relationship between new information and communication technologies, social networks, democratic engagement, and the urban environment. We … Continue Reading →
We live in an era of “Big Data”. Petabyte and exabyte-size datasets are becoming increasingly common. Much of the data is coming from social media in the form of user-generated content. What do we do with all of these “social” data and how do we make sense of it all? … Continue Reading →
Mark your calendar! The 2014 conference will be held in Toronto, Canada on September 27-28, 2014. Stay tuned for the Call for Submissions for the 2014 Social Media & Society Conference (#SMSociety14) to be released on January 15, 2014.
Nearly 200 researchers and professionals attended Canada’s second major interdisciplinary symposium looking at the effects of social media on society. Sponsored by GRAND and Dalhousie University, and organized by Dalhousie’s Social Media Lab, the 2013 International Conference on Social Media and Society (Sept 14-15, 2013) was a successful follow-up to the lab’s … Continue Reading →