Professor in Political Science and Computer and Information Science

David Lazer

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Complexity and Social Networks Blog

June 6, 2014

Readers of this blog might find this doctoral program to be of interest:

2014/15 PhD program in Complex Networks at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca
Deadline for applications - July 14th 2014, 6 pm Italian time
To...

June 1, 2014

There are two models for this month. The first is our standard model. The second is the experimental version. We are still hashing out their relative merits, but for now we are posting predictions from both.

Model 1...

May 12, 2014


The social lives of spiders ..... who builds which webs?

This is a great piece (from James Gorman, one of the lead Science...

May 11, 2014

For those in the community that come from government (US federal, state or from abroad) or have an interest in innovations in the public sector, I would like to recommend for you to visit Andrew Feldman'...

May 10, 2014

The 2014 KDD Workshop on Learning about Emergencies from Social Information
(KDD-LESI 2014)

to be held on August 24, 2014, New York City
co-located with ACM SIGKDD 2014...

Research Tracks Highlights

Interest in deliberative theories of democracy has grown tremendously among political theorists, political scientists, activists, and even government officials. Many scholars, however, are skeptical that it is a practically viable theory, even on its own terms.

Social media, such as blogs, are often seen as democratic entities that allow more voices to be heard than the conventional mass or elite media. Some also feel that social media exhibits a balancing force against the arguably slanted elite media.

We analyze a little-studied regulatory approach that we call management-based regulation.

We live life in the network. We check our e-mails regularly, make mobile phone calls from almost any location, swipe transit cards to use public transportation, and make purchases with credit cards.

Whether as team members brainstorming or cultures experimenting with new technologies, problem solvers communicate and share ideas. This paper examines how the structure of communication networks among actors can affect system-level performance.

How do attitudes and social affiliations coevolve? A long stream of research has focused on the relationship between attitudes and social affiliations.

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