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[liberationtech] PLEAD2012 Workshop on Politics, Elections and Data

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Thu Jun 14 13:18:19 PDT 2012


   - *Ingmar Weber* [Bio <>], Yahoo!
   Research, Spain
   - *Ana-Maria Popescu* [Bio <>],
   Yahoo! Labs, USA
   - *Marco Pennacchiotti* [Bio <>],
   Yahoo! Labs, USA

Politics, Elections and Data

What is the role of the internet in politics and during campaigns and what
is the role of large amounts of user data in all of this?

In the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign the Democrats were far more
successful than the Republicans in utilizing online media for mobilization,
co-ordination and fundraising. For the first time, social media and the
Internet played a fundamental role in political campaigns. However,
technical research in this area has been surprisingly limited and

The goal of this workshop, taking place right before the U.S. presidential
elections, is to bring together researchers working at the intersection of
social network analysis, computational social science and political
science, to share and discuss their ideas in a common forum; and to inspire
further developments in this growing, fascinating field of computational
political science.

The Workshop Topics

   - Classifying users according to political leaning
   - Classifying web queries and web pages according to political leaning
   - Discovering political topics from search logs and social media data
   - Describing and quantifying political campaigns and their effect on
   online media
   - Influence of political fact checking (e.g. Politifact) on rumor
   - Visualizing political issues and other socio-economic controversies
   - Applying sentiment analysis to find positive/negative aspects of issues
   - Quantifying the effects of a "Daily Me" in political search and content
   - Prediction markets for election prediction

The workshop will include Filippo Menczer as a keynote speaker, a panel
discussion with scientists and media experts, as well as presentations of
accepted contributions. The schedule will provide time for both organized
and open discussion.

Important Dates

 June 29, 2012 Papers submission Deadline August 3, 2012 Notification of
acceptance August 19, 2012 Camera-ready submission Nov 2, 2012 Workshop
date *(tentative)*
All due dates are defined in terms of times before 11:59pm, Hawaii time
(i.e., GMT - 10 hours) of the due date.
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