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New Publication in Proceedings of 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)

In the paper "Characterizing Political Talk on Twitter: A Comparison Between Public Agenda, Media Agendas, and the Twitter Agenda with Regard to Topics and Dynamics", we show that prominent topics discussed during an election campaign in Germany diverged strongly, depending on whether they were identified based on Twitter messages, mass media coverage, or survey responses. It seems futile to expect social media to mirror political reality truly. It appears more fruitful to use differences in the…

Funding for New Interdisciplinary Project on Media Bias

The Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften has awarded a 3-year research grant for an interdisciplinary research project entitled "Fake News and Collective Decision Making: Rapid Automated Assessment of Media Bias". The project will be carried out jointly by the team of Karsten Donnay (Politics and Public Administration) and Bela Gipp (Computer Science).