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B3 at the 41. Congress of the German Sociology Association 2022

At the upcoming 41. Congress of the German Sociology Association that will take place September 26-30, 2022 in Bielefeld, members of the B3-consortium organized the ad-hoc group „Interdisciplinary exploration of technically assisted (de)polarization“ . It features five presentations by team members and affiliates. Marcel Schliebs (University of Oxford): "From Troll-Farms to Cyber-Brigading: Evolution in the Modus Operandi of State-Backed Information Operations". Lucas Maximilian Schubert (Bundeswehr University Munich): "Doors of Perception - Rethinking the Theoretic Approach to Understand Cyber Affairs in International Relations". Felix Gumbert, Matthias Orlikowski, Ole Pütz (Bielefeld University), Robert Ackland, Bryan Gertzel (Australian National University): "Methods for Analysing…

by Felix Gumbert
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3B project’s research presented at Sunbelt 2022 

VOSON Lab researchers and affiliates presented 3B project-related research at the XLII Social Networks Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) #Sunbelt2022, which took place on July 12-16, 2022, in Cairns, Australia.  Prof Robert Ackland presented ‘Threaded Conversation Networks and Political Deliberation on Twitter During the First 2020 US Presidential Election Debate', joint work with Ole Pütz; Bryan Gertzel; Indra Bock; Felix Gumbert; Florian Muhle and Matthias Orlikowski. The presentation focused on the results of a large-scale Twitter data collection, and on approaches used to identify discussion and deliberation on twitter conversations.   A/Prof Mathieu O'Neil presented…

by Francisca Borquez
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New Experiment Online – Participants Wanted

We are currently conducting our next experiment to investigate how people perceive and rate Twitter accounts and are still looking for test participants. If you are interested (and would like to take the opportunity to win a 25€ voucher), please follow this link: https://fh-bielefeld.limequery.com/225822?lang=de-informal. Participation takes around 10-15 minutes (please note that German language skills are required).

by Ole Pütz
General
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Detecting Twitter Bots: a Test of Botometer with Bots of Different Complexity

In which way does different behavior of bots influence their detection by the popular Twitter bot detection framework Botometer? This question was addressed in a Master‘s thesis written at Bielefeld University by Merle Reimann. Botometer gives the analyzed accounts a score between 0 and 1 (on the website 0-5) where 0 stands for a human and 1 for a bot account. In the beginning of September, Botometer was updated. The update introduced a new model, to improve the bot detection. Botometer now computes the score based on the probability that an account belongs to a certain type of bot class…

by Ole Pütz
Experiment General
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