Researchers Test Social Media’s Potential Effect on Political Decisions

Researchers are developing sophisticated artificial intelligence tools that could automatically aggregate and analyze the large amounts of information being generated by social networks. The 9.1 million Euro FUPOL project “aims to provide a completely new approach to traditional politics.” It is being implemented by a group of 17 partners, who hope their work will help to improve the planning and realization of social policies.

“The processing of information made available by social networks will change the way in which politicians communicate with the people and their decision-making processes. The project will contribute to the sustainable development of cities and will lower the barrier between citizens and politicians.”

— Miguel Mújica, researcher, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB)

The project partners include members of “Major Cities of Europe” (MCE) along with the city of Yantai, in the Shandong Province of the People’s Republic of China. Initial areas of focus for the research include urban planning, land use, sustainable development, migration, and urban segregation.

Learn more at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-01/uadb-nsd011212.php

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