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Social Informatics Reading Group

Tuesdays 11:00-12:00PM, Trottier-3104

Organizer: Deven Parekh (

The goal of this reading group is to discuss research topics and exciting new developments in social informatics and related areas.

Format: We will choose one or more papers related to a particular theme (such as fake news on social media, or online hate speech). Members of the group are welcome to give a talk or suggest papers/themes. Each meeting will consist of a 25 minutes talk by the speaker who will lead the discussion. Talks are expected to be informal and interactive in nature. Also, we will have timbits!

Mailing list: There is a mailing list for the announcements of upcoming talks and other information related to the reading group.
To subscribe, send an e-mail (with a blank subject line) to containing the following text command:
subscribe SOCIAL-INFORMATICS [firstname] [lastname]

Slack Channel: Please join the Slack channel for the reading group for more casual discussions about research in social informatics. Join Slack

Upcoming Talks

Date Theme Presenter Papers
May 29, 2018 Online Hate Speech Haji Mohammad Saleem Hate Lingo: A Target-based Linguistic Analysis of Hate Speech in Social Media, ICWSM-18. [pdf]
Large Scale Crowdsourcing and Characterization of Twitter Abusive Behavior, ICWSM-18. [pdf]
June 5, 2018 Mental Illness and Social Media Caitrin Armstrong Characterizing Audience Engagement and Assessing its Impact on Social Media Disclosures of Mental Illnesses. [pdf]
Measuring the Impact of Anxiety on Online Social Interactions. [pdf]
June 12, 2018 Online Collaboration Deven Parekh Latent Structure in Collaboration: the Case of Reddit r/place.. [pdf]
Mobilizing the Trump Train: Understanding Collective Action in a Political Trolling Community. [pdf]
June 19, 2018 Online Conversation Modelling Abhinav Bhandari Conversation Modeling on Reddit Using a Graph-Structured LSTM. [pdf]