SIG SM Digest January 2021 - Publications
Exploring e-petitioning and media: The case of #BringBackOurGirls
Author: Catherine Dumas
Journal: Government Information Quarterly
Harrison, T.M., Dumas, C., Depaula, N., Fake, T., May, W., Atrey, A., Lee, J., Rishi, L., and Ravi, S.S. (2020). Exploring e-petitioning and media: The case of #BringBackOurGirls. Government Information Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1145/3085228.3085320.
Abstract: E-petitioning, a genre of technology-based collective action tools, makes it possible for members of the public to address government decision makers directly with their requests for action. In this paper we use time series analysis to explore the effects of Twitter and other forms of online media on the accumulation of signatures in e-petitioning. We explore the case of "Bring Back Our Girls," a Change.org petition initiated in spring 2014 following the abduction of 276 female students from a school in Chibok, Nigeria by heavily armed members of an Islamic extremist group. The petition targeted government leaders around the world. We found evidence that tweeting and certain forms of online media are related to the likelihood of individuals signing an e-petition, providing evidence of a hybrid media system in which diverse forms of online media behave with diverse logics and impacts in their effects on e-petitions.
Electronic Petitioning as Online Collective Action: Exploring the Systematic and Strategic E-petitioning Behavior of an Extremist Group in We the People
Author: Catherine Dumas
Conference: The 21st Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research
Dumas, C. (2020). Electronic petitioning as online collective action: Exploring the systematic and strategic e-petitioning behavior of an extremist group in We the People. International Conference on Digital Government Research, Seoul, South Korea, June 17 - 20, 2020. June 2020, pp 7–15 https://doi.org/10.1145/3396956.3398258
Abstract: As many conferences are online this year, we are excited to share with you that Catherine also got the chance to present her paper at the 21 Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o 2020). She also mentioned that they are currently developing a special issue for Information Polity (Q2, H35), published by IOS Press. The special issue will include a collection of high-quality papers from their Social Media and Government Track at dg.o 2019 and dg.o 2020 and an open call for papers that focus on Government and Social Media topics. She was also invited to update and expand her paper entitled “Electronic Petitioning as Online Collective Action: Exploring the Systematic and Strategic E-petitioning Behavior of an Extremist Group in We the People” and submit it to this special issue journal.
Cyberchondria: a systematic review
Author: Han Zheng
Journal: Internet Research
Zheng, H., Sin, S.-C.J., Kim, H.K. and Theng, Y.-L. (2020), "Cyberchondria: a systematic review", Internet Research, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/INTR-03-2020-0148
Abstract: In this review, his co-authors and himself examined a new but common phenomenon “Cyberchondria” in this digital age. People become more anxious after they seek health-related information on the Internet. They summarize the empirical landscape of cyberchondria research, including its measures and antecedents and consequences.