Posts by taha yasseri

Digital era political parties post #GE2015

Along with consultants and advisors and large-scale data management platforms from Obama’s hugely successful digital campaigns, all the main political parties used an arsenal of social media and digital tools to interact with voters throughout the 2015 election campaign. This post uses the authors’ analysis of social media data from the campaign to understand the… Read More »

Online presence of the General Election Candidates: Labour wins Twitter while Tories take Wikipedia

Some have called the forthcoming UK general election a Social Media Election. It might be a bit of exaggeration, but there is no doubt that both candidates and voters are very active on social media these days and take them seriously. The Wikipedia-Shapps story of last week is a good example showing how important online presence is for candidates,… Read More »

Everyone’s Reading About Greece – European Language Political Wikipedia

By Eve Ahearn and Taha Yasseri. Reading niche political party Wikipedia pages, as one does when working on the Social Election Prediction project, one might wonder if there are any trends in which languages have articles about political parties of different countries. I did. Most major political parties in Europe have Wikipedia pages in dozens of languages, this… Read More »

Media effect or media replacement?

by Jonathan Bright and Taha Yasseri. Online political information seeking, at least in the data we’ve gathered so far, happens in short, concentrated bursts. When we began the project, I (JB) was hoping that these bursts would tell us something about how people inform themselves about contemporary democratic politics. However we quickly saw in our first post that the… Read More »

Outliers on the electoral information cycle

by Jonathan Bright and Taha Yasseri. In the last post we looked at patterns of access to the Wikipedia article on the European Parliament election, 2009 identified an electoral information cycle which consists of a build up period, a peak of information seeking, and a period of decline. In 14 of the 19 language groups we looked at the dimensions of this… Read More »

When do people start getting interested in elections? The electoral information cycle

by Jonathan Bright and Taha Yasseri. When do people start getting interested in elections, and how does this differ in different countries? In this post we try to get a handle on this question looking at data drawn from Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a useful resource because it has editions in a huge variety of languages, even if… Read More »