Projects

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DSAIL Black Twitter Project

DSAIL is a research team housed within the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California studying social media data and platforms through a mix of social scientific and computational methods. We also build tools and apps for our research and the wider community.

DSAIL is currently exploring the mobilization, cultural practices, and fan and civic participation of a highly active sub-community of Twitter users often self-identified as "Black Twitter." We are compiling data that will allow us to investigate and map specific user connections, explore how information is spread and by whom, and identify the types of communication practices that are unique to Black Twitter. As part of this research, we are engaged in highlighting and evaluating both the immediate and longterm social implications of these online interactions.

Project Lead: François Bar
Interested in Joining? Contact: fbar@usc.edu

Open Source Software

Open source projects at AIL: One way we foster collaboration both within the lab and with other institutions is through open source software, software that is free and released under a license that allows it to be modified and shared.  We generally share code through google code and Bit Bucket for large projects and Github for personal projects. 

Project Lead: Abe Kazemzadeh
Interested in Joining? Contact: kazemzad@usc.edu

Online Advertising Transparency Report

Large Pirate sites distribute illegal content and continue to steal trademarked, copyrighted content and siphon millions of dollars away from the creative community, making it much harder for artists to make a living. We do not believe that government regulation alone is the answer to the Piracy problem, but rather that the self-regulation of major sectors like the online advertising industry could make it harder for the “Kim Dotcom’s” of the world to unfairly exploit artists. We look forward to working with advertising agencies and networks in the coming months to address this issue.

Project Lead: Jonathan Taplin
Interested in Joining? Contact: jtaplin@usc.edu

Movie Sentiment

This project aims to understand and analyze how people tweet about movies, and use this knowledge to improve the use of social media in the movie business. 

Project Lead: Abe Kazemzadeh
Interested in Joining? Contact: kazemzad@usc.edu

T is for Transmedia

In recent years, transmedia has come into the spotlight among those creating and using media and technology for children.  We believe that transmedia has the potential to be a valuable tool for expanded learning that addresses some of the challenges facing children growing up in the digital age.

Project Lead: Meryl Alper
Interested in Joining? Contact: malper@usc.edu

Leimert Park Phone Company

Think of this as a 5-week experiment at the cutting edge of transmedia, hack-a-thons, and neighborhood storytelling. Each design team of 3-5 people will tackle a amazing design that mixes tech, culture and creativity.

Project Lead: François Bar
Interested in Joining? Contact: fbar@usc.edu