Friday, March 2, 2018
When social media literally goes ‘viral’: using big data to predict, track, and diagnose contagious diseases
Never mind stethoscopes and blood tests: could Tweets, hashtags and Google searches become diagnostic tools for influenzas and other contagious diseases? Much research has focused on using data mining and analytics to monitor diseases and predict their progression. For example, HealthMap - a website created by researchers at Boston's...
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Viral activism: memes, hashtags, and social change
Following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, many artists and activists have tried to mobilize against Donald Trump by sharing images online. The #TrumpArtworks hashtag, for instance, involves photoshopping Trump into famous paintings, mocking his (easily disproven) claims of record inauguration crowds, the size of his hands, and so on. "This...