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[liberationtech] Facebook and social/protest movements network analysis

Glassman, Michael glassman.13 at
Thu Jan 24 11:54:47 PST 2013

Actually I have discussed this quite a bit with local IRB people.  The critical issue I think is whether the site is open (with intention critically important with Facebook, because early on individuals were leaving their pages open without the intention of them being open platforms).  Many of the communities on Facebook are closed but there are also a number that are consciously open.  The same is true of blogs I think - there are open community blogs (such as say DailyKos) and closed blogs that are only available to a limited community.

From: liberationtech-bounces at [liberationtech-bounces at] on behalf of Deen Freelon [dfreelon at]
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2013 2:48 PM
To: liberationtech
Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Facebook and social/protest movements network analysis

Interesting that none of these studies appears to use Facebook friend
data for SNA purposes--doing so without very careful privacy protections
and consent would be a serious ethical violation. On the other hand, the
network holes that would likely result from requiring all participants
to give explicit consent might well render such a study's results
useless. A tough nut to crack, to be sure... ~DEEN

On 1/24/2013 1:04 PM, Yosem Companys wrote:
> Here's a few:
> Foote, Jackson. "Old songs, new media: Facebook, protest songs, and
> social identity in Wisconsin's capitol occupation." The Second ISA
> Forum of Sociology (August 1-4, 2012). Isaconf, 2012.
> Earl, Jennifer. "PRIVATE PROTEST?." Information, Communication &
> Society 15.4 (2012): 591-608.
> Macafee, Timothy, and J. J. De Simone. "Killing the Bill Online?:
> Pathways to Young People's Protest Engagement Via Social Media."
> Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking (2012).
> On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 7:09 AM, Katy P <katycarvt at> wrote:
>> Please share!
>> On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 7:07 AM, Giuseppe A. Veltri <ga.veltri at>
>> wrote:
>>> Hi there,
>>> Would any of you be so kind to suggest a couple of recent and good papers
>>> on using Facebook data to study the network structural feature of a
>>> social/protest movement in Western countries?
>>> Many thanks in advance :)
>>> G
>>> -----------------------------------
>>> Dr Giuseppe A. Veltri
>>> Personal email: ga.veltri at
>>> Work email: G.Veltri at
>>> Twitter: @gaveltri
>>> Blog:
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