RESEARCH SUMMARY

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Turkey’s Gezi Park was and is the site of a major protest movement with an enormous presence on social media. Social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook were not only used explicitly to coordinate protest movements and foster communication between those on the ground, but also to represent the movement worldwide and to nurture the growth of the movement itself. This project aims to study the ‘flow’ or spread of protest-related information through online social media networks, how that information can be interpretted, analyzed, and categorized in terms of its diffusion and audience, and ultimately what contributes to a social media user’s ability to spread information widely in online protest networks.

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