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Preconference on Politics and Computational Social Science, Aug 29 @
Northeastern UniversityThe data and methodologies available to social
scientists have exploded with the emergence of vast archives of passive
data collection, large scale online experimentation, and innovative uses of
simulation. These data are of a larger magnitude and methods are of a
greater computational complexity than approaches that have dominated
political science for the last 50 years. This offers the potential for rich
insights into society at scale, while simultaneously introducing new
ethical and infrastructural challenges. In parallel, the information and
communication technologies that have driven these changes are also driving
changes in politics, around the world, that require study. In order to
understand the political world, it is increasingly important to gain access
to the political communication and behavior occurring online. This
preconference gathering will offer a forum for political science research
in this emerging space. Example relevant topics/approaches include:
 analysis of social media; text analysis; use of finely granular geographic
data; large scale online experimentation. Scholars from all subfields of
political science are welcome, as are researchers in other relevant
disciplines, such as computer science, sociology, and physics. The meeting
will take place 9am-5pm on Wednesday, August 29th at Northeastern
University (a 10 minute walk from the meetings of the American Political
Science Association). Everyone who wishes to attend should apply. We
welcome applications to present, discuss or simply participate. We
recognize that strength comes through diversity, and actively seek,
welcome, and encourage people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and
identities to apply and attend.This will be a one day, single track
conference, with a keynote by Gary King of Harvard University. A wide range
of subjects for presentations are welcome, including purely
methodologically oriented presentations or applications thereof;
synthesis/overviews of research; discussions of ethics and/or data
infrastructures; and so on. Papers are not required.Applications to present
and/or attend should be submitted by 5pm, June 21 at:
conference is sponsored by the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks at
Northeastern, the Network Science Institute at Northeastern; the Institute
for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University; and Sage Publishing.
 Organizing committee:David Lazer (Northeastern University)Nick Beauchamp
(Northeastern University)Adam Berinsky (MIT)Ken Benoit (London School of
Economics)Fabrizio Gilardi (University of Zurich)Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon
(University of Pennsylvania)Andreas Jungherr (University of Konstanz)Gary
King (Harvard University)Ines Levin (University of California, Irvine)Helen
Margetts (Oxford Internet Institute)Lily Mason (University of
Maryland)Molly Roberts (University of California, San Diego)Derek Ruths
(McGill University)Sarah Shugars (Northeastern University)Betsy Sinclair
(Washington University)Michelle Torres (Rice University)Josh Tucker
(NYU)Jennifer Victor (George Mason University)Hanna Wallach (Microsoft
Research)Duncan Watts (Microsoft Research)Brooke Foucault Welles
(Northeastern University)*

David Lazer

Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information
Science, Northeastern University
Co-Director, NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks:
Visiting Scholar, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard

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