The Internet as a Quantitative Social Science Platform

Using a Trillion Observations to Infer Human Behaviour

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Mapping Hurricane Irma’s path of destruction in real time.

Global Sleep Patterns

Estimating global sleep duration from internet activity. More …

Mapping the Internet

The diffusion of the internet across 100 nations. More …

Internet and the Economy

Internet access and economic outcomes at the sub-national level. More …

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The IP-Observatory: now monitoring the Russian Presidential elections 2018

Posted by on March 16, 2018

As the presidential elections get underway in Russia, the IP-Observatory will provide real-time monitoring of internet availability and latency in Russia over this important period. Since 21 December 2017 we have been monitoring the number of online ...

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Slowing the Internet might slow Democracy

Posted by on December 18, 2017

Our team Klaus Ackermann (University of Chicago), Simon Angus (Monash University), Roland Hodler (University of St Gallen) and Paul Raschky (Monash) is currently working on an empirical research project that analysis the effect of the Internet on pol...

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Mapping Hurricane Irma’s path of destruction in real time.

Posted by on September 10, 2017

  [September 8 2017, 11:00am AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) ] Hurricane Irma is considered one of the most powerful Hurricanes in the Atlantic. It has already left an unprecedented path of destruction on some Caribbean islands including...

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Monitoring the internet in Iran in real-time: the 2017 Presidential election

Posted by on May 17, 2017

On May 19th 2017, Iran will hold presidential election. In previous presidential elections evidence of internet degradation in Iran has been documented (2009) and, unusually, acknowledged to have been carried out by the incumbent regime (2013). There...

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Monitoring the internet in Turkey in real-time: the 2017 constitutional referendum

Posted by on April 10, 2017

On April 16th 2017, Turkey will hold a constitutional referendum where voters will decide on a number of amendments to Turkey’s constitution. Some of those amendments will replace the current parliamentary system by a presidential system with an ...

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The Internet as a Quantitative Social Science Data Platform

Posted by on September 16, 2015

We have developed a one-of-a-kind database that has mapped global internet use against human behaviour. It is a tool they believe could shed new light on everything from global sleep patterns to how economic activity is impacted by internet use. The ...

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