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Information Management Public Lecture Series

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Media, Voters, and Influence: Which Twitter Users Matter?


Elizabeth Dubois
Doctoral Candidate, Oxford Internet Institute


Thursday, October3 at 3:00 pm
Rowe Management Building Room 3089


Be it the explosion of tweets about Mike Duffy in May 2013, or the consistently growing number of users tweeting about the upcoming Nova Scotia election, the micro-blogging site Twitter has emerged as an interesting site for political discussion, campaigning, and broadcasting. This lecture focuses on identifying the most influential political players on Twitter in Canada considering the cases of #CDNpoli during the spring of 2013, and #NSpoli during the summer and early fall of 2013.

From journalists, to politicians, to bloggers, to the average citizen, the aim of this work is to map out the political playing field on Twitter by seeking out the key players. Various methods of identifying players are compared including measures of network centrality, content analysis of user profiles, frequency of re-tweets, and identification of key issues over time.


Elizabeth Dubois is a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford and is currently visiting the Social Media Lab at Dalhousie University. Her PhD research focuses on personal influence and political networks in a hybrid media environment.

Ms. Dubois is a member of Balliol College and a current Clarendon Scholar. Before joining the Oxford Internet Institute in 2011 as an MSc student, she completed a BA (Hons. Specialization in Communication) at the University of Ottawa. As a Killam Fellow through the Fulbright Foundation (Canada) in 2010 she studied at American University in Washington, DC.

Ms. Dubois works as a Research Assistant on the “Fifth Estate” project and as a Teaching Assistant for Research Methods at the Oxford Internet Institute. Previously, she served as a communications specialist and researcher in the Parliament in Ottawa. Representing a major Canadian political party she has lead delegations to United Nations talks on climate change and has worked on multiple election campaigns


For more information about the lecture contact Bertrum MacDonald ([log in to unmask] or 494-2472).