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Studying Society in a Digital World

Thursday, April 23, 2009
8:00 am


Friend Center Convocation Room
35 Olden Street
Princeton, 08544 United States
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Thursday evening, April 23

Dinner and Welcome for Invited Participants (7:00 PM), Location: Robertson Hall, Schultz Dining Room
Keynote Kenneth Prewitt, Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University (8:00 PM)

Day 1: Friday, April 24, 2009, Location: Friend Center Convocation Room

Breakfast (8:00 AM -8:30 AM)

Session I – Studying Communications Logs (8:30 AM – 10:00 AM)

Presider: Jane Fountain, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Nathan Eagle, MIT: Scaling of Sociodynamics
  • Michael Macy, Cornell: In Memory of Elizabeth Bott
  • Jukka-Pekka Onnela, Harvard: Using Cell Phones to Study the Large-Scale Structure of Social Networks
  • Eric Horvitz, Principal Researcher and Research Area Manager, Microsoft: Through the Lens of a Large Instant-Messaging Network: Planetary-Scale Views on Behavior

Break (10:00 AM -10:30 AM)

Session II – Using Games, Experiments, and Simulations (10:30 AM -12:15 PM)

Presider: Betsy Masiello, Google

Lunch 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM)

Session III – Tracking People in Real and Virtual Worlds (Part I) (1:30 PM – 3:00 PM)

Presider: Jeffrey Boase, Rutgers University

  • Edward Castronova, Indiana: The Emergence of Virtual Money: Results from a Virtual World Experiment
  • Lada Adamic, Michigan: Social Influence and the Diffusion of User-Generated Content
  • Noshir Contractor, Northwestern: Digital Traces: An Exploratorium for Understanding & Enabling Social Networks
  • Robert Kraut, Carnegie Mellon: Theory-Based Design of On-Line Worlds Harnessing the Wisdom of Crowds in Wikipedia

Break (3:00 PM – 3:30 PM)

Session IV – Tracking People in Real and Virtual Worlds (Part II) (3:30 PM – 5:00 PM)

Presider: Paul DiMaggio, Princeton University

Break (5:00 PM – 5:15 PM)

Session V – Ethical and Legal Issues in Digital Age Research (5:15 PM – 6:15 PM)

Presider: Robert Kraut, Carnegie Mellon

  • Pablo Chavez, Senior Policy Counsel, Google: The Current Policy Debates Over Online Information Practices: Implications for Research in the Digital Age
  • Marc Smith, Chief Social Scientist, Telligent Systems: Autobiography, Mobile Social Life-Logging, and the Transition from Ephemeral to Archival Society, Marc Smith paper
  • Paul Starr, Princeton: The Tracked Society

Dinner on Your Own

Day 2: Saturday, April 25, 2009, Location: Friend Center Convocation Room

Breakfast (8:00 AM – 8:30 AM)

Session VI – Research on Click Streams and Digital Traces (8:30 AM – 10:00 AM)

Presider: W. Russell Neuman, University of Michigan

  • Tony Jebara, Columbia: Learning Networks of Places and People from Location Data
  • Jon Kleinberg, Cornell: Spatial Signatures of On-Line Behavior Mapping the World’s Photos Spatial Variation in Search Engine Queries
  • Ed Felten and Harlan Yu, Princeton: Estimating Aggregate Traffic to Network Sites by Remote Probing
  • Scott Golder, Cornell: Temporal Rhythms in Electronic Society: Examples from Facebook and Elsewhere

Break (10:00 AM – 10:30 AM)

Session VII – Crowd-Sourcing and Distributed Intelligence (10:30 AM – 12:15 PM)

Presider: Matt Salganik, Princeton University

  • Chris Lintott, Oxford: Galaxy Zoo: Lessons from Online Citizen Science
  • Steve Kelling, Cornell: eBird: The Long Tail of Community Engagement in the Scientific Process
  • David Robinson, Princeton: The New Online Landscape of Government Data: Possible Implications for Social Science
  • Joshua Tauberer, Founder, atching the Watchers: Government Oversight with Civic Hacking
  • Irene Greif, IBM: Many Eyes

Lunch (12:15 PM – 1:15 PM)

Session VIII – Aligning On-Line Research With the Policy Process: Reflections and Next Steps (1:15 PM – 2:45 PM)

Presider: Paul Starr, Princeton University

  • W. Russell Neuman, Michigan: Social Science and Policy Praxis
  • Kenneth Prewitt, Columbia: The Census Challenge: Why Ask Questions if the Answers Are Already Available?
  • Jane Fountain, UMass-Amherst: Policymaking in a Digital World