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Please consider submitting a paper abstract to the session on *Online 
Social Networks and Political Communication* at the INSNA Sunbelt 
Conference 2022, to be held 12-16 July in Cairns, Australia in hybrid 
format ( ).

Session organisers are: Robert Ackland (Australian National University), 
Jonathan Zhu (City University of Hong Kong)

Online social networks such as Twitter and Reddit have become important 
platforms for political communication. While online discussion 
environments can promote consensus building among people with different 
opinions, in recent years they have been increasingly identified with 
problems including misinformation, political polarisation, socialbots 
and coordinated inauthentic behaviour. This session is seeking 
contributions involving the use of social network analysis in the 
context of analysing political communication in online social networks. 
Suggested topics include: measuring political deliberation in online 
conversations, the existence and impact of echo chambers, inauthentic 
coordinated behaviour (measured via e.g. co-retweet networks), the role 
and impact of socialbots in political conversations, measuring influence 
in political discussions online.

Submission URL: 

Abstracts (200 words max.) are due 6 February 2022.


Robert Ackland
Professor of Computational Social Science & Social Science of the Internet
School of Sociology & VOSON Lab
The Australian National University

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Twitter: @RobAckland

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