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An estimated two-thirds of tweeted links to popular websites are posted by automated accounts – not human beings
9 Apr 2018

Twitter bots are accounts that can post content or interact with other users in an automated way and without direct human input. This study focuses on a particular kind of bot behavior - bots that tweet or retweet links to content around the web.

Research report

29 Jan 2018

As news organisations battle charges of 'fake news' and face low levels of trust from a skeptical public, this study suggests that news outlets still play the largest role in content that gets shared on Twitter, at least when it comes to one contentious issue...

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27 Jul 2017

Amidst all the enthusiasm for 'innovation,' there is only limited understanding of what makes governments innovative. What factors support public sector innovation?

Research report

13 Jul 2017

This report examines the diffusion of information using social network analysis of four key staff at BBNC. This demonstrates a supplementary method whereby rural networks can add to the formal fire safety education available in the community.

Research report

22 Jun 2017

The Sensis Social Media report is an annual survey of 800 consumers, 1,000 SMBs and 100 large businesses on how they use social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Research report

27 Feb 2017

This report presents findings from an analysis of the scale and scope of the sharing economy in Melbourne. The central aim of this report is to outline the breadth of the sharing economy in Melbourne, and to identify future directions for further investigation. The new...

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2 Dec 2016

Networking and collaboration are becoming increasingly important for addressing the complex challenges in many social sectors – to help build capacity and create momentum for change.

Since 2014, SVA has convened a network of schools in disadvantaged communities to share and collaborate to improve...


14 Jul 2016

If you have recently signed an online petition - and then observed a result from it - you are far from alone. Once niche, websites such as, and have moved into the mainstream, shifting influence from organisations into the hands of individuals...

Journal article

1 Jul 2016

Social networks are a vital mechanism to disseminate information to friends and colleagues. In this work, we investigate an important problem-the personalized influential topic search, or PIT-Search in a social network: Given a keyword query q issued by a user u in a social network,...

Research report

14 Dec 2015


Cannabis is the most prolifically used illicit drug in Australia, however, there is a gap in our understanding concerning the social interactions and friendships formed around its supply and use.

The authors recruited cannabis users aged between 18 and 30 years...


17 Oct 2014

This paper aims to identify user perceived usefulness of enterprise social networking within the public and private sector of Wellington NZ. It aims at determining the specific factors that appeal to enterprise social networking users.


This paper first outlines the global...

Conference paper

2 Jun 2014

This paper reports on an empirical case study based in a UK manufacturing company which was striving for more effective employee engagement. Social Network Analysis (SNA) was used to investigate the situation through a consultative approach involving the workforce in a structured debate about employee...

Journal article

14 Jan 2014

Youth with complex communication needs (CCN) face increased barriers to their social participation due to limited communication abilities and opportunities. Youth today use the internet as a social tool and youth with CCN may also benefit from internet use to increase their social participation. Five...

Research report

5 Jun 2013

With the rapid update of smartphones and tablets, app purchase and usage are quickly becoming mainstream media and communications activities.

This paper is the first in a series of occasional papers examining emerging issues in contemporary media and communications and possible regulatory response strategies....


13 May 2013


Recent years have seen increased interest in the online presence of extreme right groups. Although originally composed of dedicated websites, the online extreme right milieu now spans multiple networks, including popular social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Ideally therefore,...


3 May 2013

This paper combines survey and large-scale log data to examine how well users’ perceptions of their audience match their actual audience on Facebook.


When you share content in an online social network, who is listening? Users have scarce information about who...

Research report

28 Mar 2013

Through the analysis of thousands of Twitter accounts following prominent white nationalists and anarchists, this report offers new quantitative tools to identify highly engaged extremists in large social networks and to evaluate tactics for combating violent extremism (CVE) online.

The findings of this highly...

Research report

8 Mar 2013

This study finds that Australians in their 70s and 80s have higher levels of subjective wellbeing than those in their 50s and 60s.

Greater proportions of respondents aged 70 and older had high levels of life satisfaction, were comfortable with their standard of living...

Journal article

18 Feb 2013

The world in which teachers are working is one, thanks to collaborative technologies, in which high levels of interactions among colleagues and the wider educational community can be facilitated. The question, then, is about how to prepare new entrants to the profession to be effectively...



23 Jun 2011

Two new books look at the places where social ecologies take root and flourish, writes Ian McShane in Inside Story

THIRTY years ago two little-known American sociologists, Ramon Oldenburg and Dennis Brissett, coined the term “third place” to describe the locations...