Social Media Analysis


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    Strategies to Counter Russian Social Media Influence

    Nov 1, 2018

    The Russian government's disinformation campaigns have found a comfortable home on social media. No single approach to countering their influence is likely to produce a conclusive victory over the threat. Therefore, it would be prudent to adopt approaches that target multiple links in the disinformation chain.

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    What's Being Done to Fight Disinformation Online

    Nov 12, 2019

    With the rise of the internet and social media, false or intentionally misleading information can spread further and faster than ever before. What tools exist to fight disinformation online?

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    U.S. Social Media Strategy Can Weaken ISIS Influence on Twitter

    On Twitter, there are six times more ISIS opponents than supporters, but those who support ISIS are more active. U.S. officials could help ISIS opponents enhance the effectiveness and reach of their messaging by offering social media training.

    Aug 16, 2016

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    Examining ISIS Support and Opposition on Twitter

    ISIS uses Twitter to inspire followers, recruit fighters, and spread its message. Its opponents use Twitter to denounce the group. An analysis of the communities opposed to ISIS suggests inroads for influence that the U.S. government's social media strategy should explore.

    Aug 16, 2016

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    Attitudes Toward Local and National Government Expressed Over Chinese Social Media

    How can social media provide perspective on how the Chinese public feels about domestic political issues, such as the environment, food safety, and local versus national government?

    Mar 4, 2016

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    Ellen Hancock on Technology, Leadership, and Service

    Ellen Hancock has led the RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment (JIE) Advisory Board for three years; she has been a board member for seven. In June 2015, we spoke with Ellen about her experience on the board, how her long career in technology informs her service, and why she believes in RAND.

    Jun 24, 2015

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    Social Media as a Tool for Reaching Veterans in Need of Mental Health Care

    Reaching veterans to learn more about their mental health care seeking poses a conundrum. They are typically recruited for studies in clinical settings, so those who are not seeking care are not represented. Facebook may be a viable method to reach them.

    Jun 9, 2015

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    Can Social Media Help Analyze Public Opinion? A Case Study of Iranian Public Opinion After the 2009 Election

    Describes a methodology for analyzing public opinion and mood in closed societies, focusing on a case study that analyzed Iranian public opinion and mood as expressed over Twitter in the nine months following Iran's 2009 presidential election.

    Oct 4, 2012

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    Tracking Public Sentiment in Iran After the Contested 2009 Election with Twitter

    Social media was used in the 2009 protests to organize and communicate under government censorship. An analysis of more than 2.5 million tweets discussing the Iran election holds promise for such policy uses as assessing public opinion and forecasting events such as large-scale protests.

    Jan 17, 2012

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    Elizabeth Bodine-Baron

    Information Scientist; Associate Director, Force Modernization and Employment Program, Project Air Force; Co-Director, RAND Center for Applied Network Analysis and System Science
    Education Ph.D., M.S. in electrical engineering, California Institute of Technology; B.S. in electrical engineering, University of Texas at Austin; B.A. in liberal arts, University of Texas at Austin

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    Ryan Andrew Brown

    Senior Behavioral/Social Scientist; Co-Director, Center for Qualitative and Mixed Methods; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in anthropology, Emory University; M.A. in anthropology, Emory University; B.A. in anthropology, University of North Carolina

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    Joe Cheravitch

    Defense Analyst
    Education M.S. in foreign service, Georgetown University; B.A. in international studies, Bowling Green University; B.A. in Russian, Bowling Green University

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    Ryan Haberman

    Research Assistant
    Education BA in international studies, Texas A&M University; AA in Arabic Studies, Defense Language Institute

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    Todd C. Helmus

    Senior Behavioral Scientist; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Wayne State University

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    Rouslan I. Karimov

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.A. in economics, Princeton University; A.B. in economics, Vassar College

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    William Marcellino

    Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University

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    Luke J. Matthews

    Behavioral and Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Co-director, RAND Center for Applied Network Analysis
    Education B.S. in biology/anthropology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.A. in anthropology, New York University; Ph.D. in anthropology, New York University

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    Hilary Reininger

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in conflict analysis and resolution, George Mason University; B.A. in Middle East studies and Arabic, Brigham Young University