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[liberationtech] Forum today (6/1, 12:15-12:55pm in 460-126): Honors and M.S. Project presentations

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Mon Jun 1 05:25:36 PDT 2015

From: Todd Davies <davies at>
To: symsys-events at at

*Symbolic Systems Forum <http:///viewing/htmldocument/13675>*presents
*Honors and M.S. Project Presentations*
Harry Simon (Senior Honors Student) and Chan, Chi Ling (M.S. Candidate)
Symbolic Systems Program

Monday, June 1, 2015
12:15-12:55 pm
Building 460, Room 126
map link:

*12:30-12:55 **(b) Chan, Chi Ling: "Investigating Diffusion of Political
Participation and Social Information in Online Petitioning" (Advisor: Todd
Davies, Symbolic Systems Program; Second Reader: Lee Ross, Psychology
Contemporary collective action increasingly takes place on internet-based
platforms, leaving behind digital footprints that can help us better
understand the dynamics of mobilization. Petition signing is one such form
of collective action that is gaining popularity as more activists take
social movements online. What motivates people to lend ideological support
for such campaigns, and what dynamics drive the diffusion of social
information that determine the success or failure of an online petition?
Using data from the White House's official petition platform, WeThePeople,
this project tries to detect patterns in petitions data to understand why
some online collective action are massively successful, and others
relegated to relative obscurity.

Lunch will be served

This is the last Symbolic Systems Forum of the 2014-'15 academic year. The
Forum will return in the fall.
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