Networks in the News

Global patterns of synchronization in human communications

by Alfredo J. Morales, Vaibhav Vavilala, Rosa M. Benito, Yaneer Bar-Yam Social media are transforming global communication and coordination and provide unprecedented opportunities for studying socio-technical domains. Here we study global dynamical patterns of communication on Twitter across many scales. Underlying the... read more »


Snap: Rewriting ‘Art of War’ for social networking — by not documenting anything

Social networks may be the most valuable and durable types of businesses powered by “network effects,” the phenomenon of products or services becoming more powerful the more people use them. The social-networking companies in our recently launched Network Effect Index — a group of current and formerly public consumer-Web... read more »


Mathematical Model Reveals the Patterns of How Innovations Arise

Mathematical Model Reveals the Patterns of How Innovations Arise

The work could lead to a new approach to the study of what is possible, and how it follows from what already exists. Innovation is one of the driving forces in our world. The constant creation of new ideas and their transformation into technologies and products forms a powerful cornerstone for 21st century society. Indeed,... read more »


Research networks ‘more important’ for female scientists

Study finds a stronger correlation for women between success and being central to a network Being well connected is more important for women who want to get ahead in science than men, a study suggests. By analyzing how patterns of research collaboration relate to scientific outcomes, US statisticians found that highly cited... read more »


An Ivy League professor says there are only three types of friendships we make

Friendship isn’t always as serendipitous as it might feel. Are you a “tight-knitter”, a “compartmentalizer,” or a “sampler”? According to Dartmouth sociology professor Janice McCabe, whose study of the effects of social connections on academic performance was published this month in the journal Contexts, when... read more »


How Facebook Saw Trump Coming When No One Else Did

How Facebook Saw Trump Coming When No One Else Did

As the electoral map turned crimson this evening, everyone exclaimed that the data and polls had not seen this coming. They were only partly right. At least one overlooked data source had made a very strong suggestion that Donald Trump enjoyed an unquantified current of popular support. Read the full article here    read more »


Twitter bots “Trumping” during this election

How the Bot-y Politic Influenced This Election: Nearly 20 percent of all election-related tweets come from an army of influential robots. Read the full article here.   Trump’s Twitter Bots Turned Out on Election Day: Throughout the campaign, automated propaganda accounts on Twitter leaned Republican, but that... read more »


How Network Neuroscience Is Creating a New Era of Mind Control

How Network Neuroscience Is Creating a New Era of Mind Control

Complex networks form the backbone of modern society: the Internet, the aviation network, the pattern of connections between individuals. And more complex examples are constantly emerging—the way genes interact in cells, how information flows through the banking system and the ecosystem. The more complex the system,... read more »


From the distributed workforce to the partnered economy

Despite what some politicians say, no country is an island in today’s rapidly changing world. In the same way, no company can survive as an island, either. Most won’t have noticed a recent $6.5 million Series A for a company calledMobilize, but it’s indicative of a major change occurring in businesses today. Companies’... read more »


Police Use Surveillance Tool to Scan Social Media

Police Use Surveillance Tool to Scan Social Media, A.C.L.U. says. A Chicago company has marketed a tool using text, photos, and videos gleaned from major social media companies to aid law enforcement in surveillance of protesters, civil liberties activists say. Click on the image below to read the whole article in The New... read more »