Friday, April 23, 2021

This group brings together scholars from the humanities, social sciences, and STEM sciences to explore the functioning and implications of large data generated by social networking applications. The goal is for humanists and social scientists to get a better idea of how algorithms in social media actually function, while introducing scientists to some of the emerging critiques of big data and algorithmic culture in the humanities and social sciences. 

To learn more about this working group, contact Brian Ekdale at or Rishab Nithyanand at

For more on Profs. Ekdale and Nithyanand's interdisclinary work, head to "Summer Scholars Ekdale and Nithyanand Examine Online Radicalization"

Obermann Center Working Groups provide space, structure, and discretionary funding for groups led by faculty that may include advanced graduate students, staff members, and community members with a shared intellectual interest. Groups have used this opportunity to explore new work and to share their own research, to organize a symposium, and to develop grant proposals.

#BREAKING : @rishabn_ |@bekdale "#Algorithms and #SocialMedia" @ObermannCenter Working Group renewed for 2021-22: directors bring together #interdisciplinary scholars to explore the functioning and implications of #LargeData generated by #SocialNetworking applications.

— UIowa Computer Science (@UIowaCS) April 29, 2021