Why Wikipedia Works; and Social Media Not So Much – Taha Yasseri

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The paradox of openness on the modern Web. The open Web was supposed to be inherently amazing and a force that would improve all of humanity. However, has technology actually made us dumber and led us to devalue the truth? What can we learn from the relative success of the Wikipedia model and could it save social media?

Taha Yasseri is an Associate Professor at the School of Sociology and a Geary Fellow at the Geary Institute for Public Policy at University College Dublin, Ireland. Formerly, he was a Senior Research Fellow in Computational Social Science at the University of Oxford, and a Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. Taha Yasseri has a PhD in Complex Systems Physics from the University of Göttingen, Germany.

Taha’s research interests include the analysis of large-scale transactional data and conducting behavioural experiments to understand machine social behaviour, government-society interactions, online political behaviour, mass collaboration, hate speech and content moderation, collective behaviour, and online dating.


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