Digital Democracy Project Research Memo #3: Polarization and its Discontents

Researchers, pundits and armchair analysts have argued for some time now that Canada is becoming more like the United States when it comes to polarization—typically understood as the segmenting of society into increasingly isolated and mutually incomprehensible political tribes. It is also common to see at least some of the blame for polarization placed on the media, where increasingly partisan social...

Digital Democracy Project Research Memo #2: The Climate Change Conundrum

Over our first two surveys, two clear electoral issues are emerging: climate change (for Liberals and the left-leaning parties) and ethics (for the Conservatives). But if the Conservatives are having trouble finding an audience for ethics concerns, even among their core supporters, the Liberals appear to have an even more difficult conundrum: The very people who actually believe in their...

Analysis of online book reviewing accepted to ICWSM 2016

We conducted a careful analysis to understand the difference between book reviews written on Goodreads vs. Amazon. Congratulations to Stefan and Edward! Book reviewing is a commonplace activity on many ecommerce sites. However, it is nested within the broader context of book buying and selling. Goodreads, an online platform for social curation of book collections, provides an opportunity to observe...