Advancing child sexual abuse investigations using biometrics and social network analysis
Stephen Patterson, David Bright, Arun Ross, Katie Logos, Dana Michalski
This paper demonstrates how biometric features can be extracted from people in child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and examines using social network analysis to reveal important patterns across seized media files.
A review of the evidence on developing and supporting policy and practice networks
‘Networks’ and ‘networking’ are widely used (and often under-defined) concepts. This rapid review takes a more focused look at networks - specifically those that support policy and practice development, from the point of view of charitable organisations that may want to foster them as a...
Affiliation in transition: rethinking society membership with early-career researchers in the social sciences
This paper explores new forms of connection and community for early-career researchers, which are often facilitated by social media and other communication technologies.
Families in Australia Survey: life during COVID-19 - report no.3
This research paper looks at how Australians sought and provided financial, emotional and physical assistance during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
Isolated AgTech in Australia? A social network analysis of an innovative sector
Social networks are an integral component of entrepreneurial ecosystems. This study builds on an academic body of research into social networks between centres of innovation capital and geographically distant entrepreneurial ecosystems seeking funding.
Bridging the relationship gap: using social network theories to inform library services for graduate students
This article provides practical, relationship-driven options for increasing librarians’ engagement with graduate students.
Social influences on gamblers by risk group: an egocentric social network analysis
This study is the first to consider and directly compare the social networks of non-gamblers and non-problem, low risk, moderate risk and problem gamblers. It highlights the distinct role of social influence, likely through normalisation and social selection, not just of gambling, but also experiencing...
Bots in the Twittersphere
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.
Sources shared on Twitter: a case study on immigration
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...
Balmoral fire connect: a case study of social networks and the diffusion of bushfire preparedness information in a rural community.
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.
Mapping the Melbourne sharing economy
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...
The social supply of cannabis among young people in Australia
Foreword 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 throughout Australia, to...
Evaluating the user perceived usefulness of enterprise social networking
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. Abstract This paper first outlines the global trend towards enterprise...
Quantifying the invisible audience in social networks
This paper combines survey and large-scale log data to examine how well users’ perceptions of their audience match their actual audience on Facebook. Abstract When you share content in an online social network, who is listening? Users have scarce information about who actually sees their...
Who matters online: measuring influence, evaluating content and countering violent extremism in online social networks
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 innovative...
Staying connected: social engagement and wellbeing among mature age Australians
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 and...
Ad hoc innovation by users of social networks: The case of Twitter
A study on the social networking platform, 'Twitter', its operations, its impact on daily life and how users have shaped it. Generic, flexible social media spaces such as Facebook and Twitter constitute an increasingly important element in our overall media repertoires. They provide a technological...
The return of the local
Two new books look at the places where social ecologies take root and flourish, writes Ian McShane in Inside Story.
Social networks and online advertising
Rex Wong is a US-based IT entrepreneur and founder of AdSense. He's now the head of DAVE Networks which helps companies use video to develop online social communities. He talks with the Media Report about the way in which online companies are using people's web...
Teens and social media
The Pew Internet & American Life Project has found that 64% of online teens ages 12-17 have participated in one or more among a wide range of content-creating activities on the internet, up from 57% of online teens in a similar survey at the end...
Exploring a methodology for tracing spatial, social and textual networks through neighbourhoods
This study, currently in progress, is concerned with the circulation of knowledge, practice and objects related to parenting through three contrasting neighbourhoods.
Teens, privacy and online social networks: How teens manage their online identities and personal information in the age of MySpace
The majority of teens actively manage their online profiles to keep the information they believe is most sensitive away from the unwanted gaze of strangers, parents and other adults according to this survey conducted by Amanda Lenhart and Mary Madden. While many teens post their...
A review of knowledge about the sexual networks and behaviours of men who have sex with men in Asia
While some developing countries have begun researching male-to-male sexual activities and interests, many gaps exist in the understanding of sexual networking within MSM populations, and between MSM populations and wider populations.
Social capital norms, networks and practices: a critical evaluation
Social capital is a theoretically confusing concept, but one which nonetheless has much to offer as a potential measure of the strength of societies. It is in need of theoretical examination. This paper outlines the major theoretical aspects of social capital in relation to its...
Wired community: neighbourhoods, networks and communities of interest
The idea of the 'information society' has taken hold in sociological and political analysis. Information technology, it is argued, is forming new virtual and actual networks that make up communities, both local and global. Computer networks are capable of transcending national boundaries, as information and...