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Exploring A New Model of Industry/Academic Collaboration

The CIVICA Data Science seminar is welcoming Pablo Barberá on April 19th for a talk untitled "Exploring A New Model of Industry/Academic Collaboration: the U.S. 2020 Facebook and Instagram Election Study"

Event, Research Seminar



This talk will give an overview of the U.S. 2020 Facebook and Instagram Election Study, a partnership between Meta researchers and independent external academics to understand the impact of Facebook and Instagram on key political attitudes and behaviors during the US 2020 elections. Following the principles of independence, transparency, and consent, this project has implemented innovative features for this type of collaboration, such as pre-registration of analysis plans, no pre-publication approval by Meta, IRB review, and the release of data required to enable replication. This session will discuss the design of the collaboration, the data that has been collected, and the studies that were pre-registered.


Pablo Barberá is a Research Scientist in Meta's Computational Social Science team and an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California. He received his PhD in Political Science from New York University, where he was affiliated with the Social Media and Political Participation lab and the Center for Data Science. Prior to joining Meta, he was an Assistant Professor of Computational Social Science in the Methodology department at the London School of Economics. His research combines computational methods and the use of social media data to examine the impact of digital technologies on political behavior and public opinion.


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