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Occupy, the Gezi park movement, the Maidan protests, or the recent solidarity marches for Charlie Hebdo—since the uprisings of the Arab Spring, we could observe many examples of on-site protests on big squares and streets being accompanied by waves of collective action in social media. We present the design stage of an agent-based model that will allow us to explore the following questions: What role does social media play in street protests? How does social media usage influence the dynamics of collective action during street protests? Do social media affect the speed, scale, fluctuation, duration of the protest at large, and in which way? Do they impact specific crowd patterns, e.g., the development of groups within groups? The model builds on and integrates existing models of social media, protests, and crowd behavior to simulate the dynamics of street protests in an urban setting. Our central aim is to compare scenarios with intense, moderate, and no social media usage by the protesters.
Research news | 2018-11-09
The perception of cognition and other related terms easily get misunderstood in scientific processes, leading to frustration, communication breakdown and a collaboration impasse
Research news | 2018-11-08
The fourth in a series of seven "deep dives" looking into the connections between resilience and development
Research news | 2018-11-07
A handful of international investors linked to economic activities may influence the stability of some of the world’s largest forests and hence the global climate
Research news | 2018-11-03
How social-ecological systems research can transform sustainable development to match the challenges of the Anthropocene
Research news | 2018-11-02
Ghana’s unique female intermediaries are increasingly squeezed out by global seafood companies
Research news | 2018-11-01
The third in a series of seven "deep dives" looking into the connections between resilience and development