Hi I’m Gilad

I love data, analysis and visualization. Chief data scientist at betaworks.

PDF12 Keynote: Networked Power

Last week I gave a keynote the Personal Democracy Forum (#PDF12) in New York City – Networked Power: what we learn from data. PDF is an incredible gathering of some of the smartest folks working on understanding the idea of Personal Democracy, where every citizen is a full participant. In my presentation, I focused on the networked characteristic of our media ecosystem and the new form of power that networks attain. I described ways in which we at SocialFlow analyze networked audiences, mapping out attributes such as activity levels, topical interest, engagement and their evolving friendship-based shape. Some key points from the presentation:

  1. My Network != Your Network: networks of followers, audiences differ substantially in time of day, activity, engagement and shape.
  2. Overarching generalizations will most likely be misinforming.
  3. We need to better understand networked dynamics such as information flows, audience intersections and the effect of algorithmic curation.
  4. Networked spaces are NOT a pure meritocracy: certain positions are advantageous.

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