24 August 2017 from 09:00 to 19:00

Fourth International Workshop on Social Sciences and the Internet (SSI2017)

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More and more social interactions are taking place online. This is evidenced by the unprecedented success of online markets such as eBay and social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter. But internet technologies have not only changed the way we interact with our peers; in recent years, more and more e-commerce and e-government platforms have relied on interactions with and information shared by consumers, citizens and organizations. Although digitalization has provided great opportunities for governments, businesses and individuals to pursue their goals, it has also created new challenges and threats to open societies. Digital divide, automation, erosion of privacy, fake news, cybercrime, etc. are just a few negative side products of digitalization.

In the light of these major technological and societal developments, it has become more necessary than ever that researchers from the humanities, social sciences and engineering pool their expertise to design and implement institutions for the open (information) societies of the 21st century.

This workshop brings together humanities scholars, social, behavioural, computer and data scientists interested in the study of human behaviour, social interaction and governance in online contexts. With this meeting we aim to further the development of an international community of researchers from various fields who study internet related topics and address the opportunities and challenges of digitalization. Aiming for an interdisciplinary mix of participants, the workshop will provide ample opportunity for discussion in an informal atmosphere. We thus invite submissions of extended abstracts (300 words) on any of the above mentioned or related topics.

Important dates:

Abstract submission by July 9 (Sunday)

Notification of acceptance by July 14 (Friday)

Registration by July 31 (Monday) »» (registration)

Workshop fee: € 65.-


Preliminary program:

09:00 – 09:25


09.25 - 09:30


09:30 – 10:50

Session 1: Social Capital


Rense Corten & Lukas Norbutas      Network Structure and Economic Prosperity in Municipalities:
A large-scale test of social capital theory using social media
Uwe Matzat & Chris Snijders   The reproducibility of social media effects and their
dependency on the utilized social capital measurements

Erik van Ingen & Eva Vriens


Does the Rise of the Internet Bring Erosion of Strong Ties?
Analyses of Social Media Use and Changes in Core
Discussion Networks

Marijn Keijzer, Michael Mäs &
Andreas Flache
  Interaction in online social networks fosters isolation


10:50 – 11:05


11:05 – 12:05

Session 2: Identity and Conflict

Anna Priante et al.    #WhoAmI in 160 Characters? Classifying Social Identities. Based on Twitter Profile Descriptions
Christine Cook et al.   For whom the gamer trolls: A data-driven model of trolling in the online gaming context
Amalia Alvarez & Fabian Winter   Spillover effects in hate speech after terrorist attacks: A natural experiment


12:05 – 13:15


13:15 – 14:00

Keynote Sonja Utz

Short- and long-term effects of social media use

14:00 – 14:15


14:15 - 15:15

Session 3: Organizations and Decision Making

Valeska Korff & Achim Oberg      Websites and Organizations: Avenues for OrganizationalResearch in a Digital Era
Margarita Torre & Alejandro Llorente   Online Recruitment in the War for Talent Era: An Experimental Evaluation Using Twitter
Jules Kruijswijk et al.   StreamingBandit; Experimenting with Bandit Policies


15:15 - 15:30


15:30 - 16:50

Session 4: Institutions

Alain Starke, Martijn Willemsen & Chris Snijders     Tailor-made recommendations on the web: On motivating consumers to make more energy-efficient choices
Arnout van de Rijt   Emergent inequality in online reputation systems
Hanno Scholtz   Can the Internet Improve Politics? Introducing the idea of network-based collective decision making
Wojtek Przepiorka & Ozan Aksoy   Social order in online markets and the 'collapse' of institutions


16:50 - 17:45

Drinks and nibbles

Local organizers
Start date and time
24 August 2017 09:00
End date and time
24 August 2017 19:00
Entrance fee
Workshop fee: € 65.-
More information
Mail to: ssi2017@uu.nl