Transparency in Social Media: Tools, Methods and Algorithms for Mediating Online Interactions (Computational Social Sciences)

A second KredibleNet book, this time edited by Sorin Adam Matei, Martha Russell, and Elisa Bertino is scheduled to be published by KredibleNet this summer, synthesizing a forward looking agenda for social media research related to transparency management and assurance. The first book, Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods, edited by Sorin Adam Matei and Elisa Bertino was published last year.

The volume presents, in a synergistic manner, significant theoretical and practical contributions in the area of social media reputation and authorship measurement, visualization, and modeling. The book justifies and proposes contributions to a future agenda for understanding the requirements for making social media authorship more transparent. Building on work presented in a previous volume of this series, Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets, this book discusses new tools, applications, services, and algorithms that are needed for authoring content in a real-time publishing world. These insights may help people who interact and create content through social media better assess their potential for knowledge creation. They may also assist in analyzing audience attitudes, perceptions, and behavior in informal social media or in formal organizational structures. In addition, the volume includes several chapters that analyze the higher order ethical, critical thinking, and philosophical principles that may be used to ground social media authorship. Together, the perspectives presented in this volume help us understand how social media content is created and how its impact can be evaluated.

The chapters demonstrate thought leadership through new ways of constructing social media experiences and making traces of social interaction visible. Transparency in Social Media aims to help researchers and practitioners design services, tools, or methods of analysis that encourage a more transparent process of interaction and communication on social media. Knowing who has added what content and with what authority to a specific online social media project can help the user community better understand, evaluate and make decisions and, ultimately, act on the basis of such information.

Table of Contents

Transparency on Social Media
Tools, Methods and Algorithms for Mediating Online Interactions

Part I. Overtures to Transparency in Social Media


Sorin Adam Matei, Martha Russell, Elisa Bertino

Socio-Computational Frameworks, Tools and Algorithms for Supporting Transparent Authorship in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Lessons from the second KredibleNet Workshop

Karina Alexenyan, Sorin Adam Matei, Martha Russell


Part II. Assessing Provenance and Pathways in Social Media: Case studies, methods, and tools

Robust Aggregation of Inconsistent Information – Concepts and Research Directions

Aleksandar Ignajatovic, Mohsen Rezvani, Elisa Bertino


Weaponized Crowdsourcing

James Caverlee


The Structures of Twitter Crowds and Conversations

Marc Smith, Itai Himmelboim, Lee Rainie, Ben Shneiderman


Visible Effort: Visualizing and measuring group structuration through social entropy

Sorin Adam Matei, Robert Bruno, Pamela Morris

Stepwise segmented regression analysis: An iterative statistical algorithm to detect and quantify evolutionary and revolutionary transformations in longitudinal data

Brian C. Britt

Towards Bottom-up Decision Making and Collaborative Knowledge Generation in Urban Infrastructure Projects through Online Social Media

Mazdak Nik Bakht and Tamer E. El-Diraby

Biometric-Based User Authentication and Activity Level Detection in a Collaborative Environment

Faisal Ahmed and Marina Gavrilova

Part III. Improving transparency through documentation and curation

In the Flow: Evolving from Utility Based Social Medium to Community Peer

Michael G. Zentner, Lynn K. Zentner, Dwight McKay, Swaroop Samek, Nathan Denny, Sabine Brunswicker, and Gerhard Klimeck

Ostinato: The exploration-automation cycle of user-centric, process-automated data-driven visual network analytics

Jukka Huhtamäki, Martha Russell, Kaisa Still, Neil Rubens

Visual Analytics of User-influence based Dynamic Social Networks using Twitter Data

Jiawei Zhang, Shehzad Afzal, Junghoon Chae, Guizhen Wang, Dennis Thom, Sorin A. Matei, Niklas Elmqvist, David S. Ebert

Transparency, control, and content generation on Wikipedia: Editorial strategies and technical affordances

Sorin Adam Matei and Jeremy Foote

Part IV Transparency in social media: ethical and critical dimensions

Truth Telling and Deception in Internet Society

Robert Laughlin

Embedding Privacy and Ethical Values in Big Data Technology

Michael Steinmann, Julia Shuster, Jeff Collmann,Sorin Adam Matei, Rochelle Tractenberg, Kevin FitzGerald, Greg Morgan, Douglas Richardson

Strategies for critical understanding of social media content

Howard Rheingold


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One comment on “Transparency in Social Media: Tools, Methods and Algorithms for Mediating Online Interactions (Computational Social Sciences)
  1. Ben Shneiderman says:

    Congrats on the second book!!

    Nit: Lee Reinie should be Lee Rainie

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