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Lab Alum Spiro Studies How Brazilian Protestors Use Twitter

Published on July 8, 2013 by

NCASD lab alum Emma Spiro, interning at Microsoft Research (MSR) this summer, is studying the relationship between social media and the recent Brazilian uprising. The research, done in collaboration with MSR researcher Andrés Monroy-Hernández, looks at how the protestors use social media, particularly Twitter, to share their experiences and invite others to join the protests. Findings currently include information about the peak of the protests’ tweets, the international nature of the protests, and the interaction network among the most active users.

Their research was recently highlighted by The Guardian Datablog.

Spiro and Monroy-Hernández were also interviewed by about the research. Article found here.

For additional information, please see the original blog post about the project here.

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