out of the balance
a Networks Perspective
The vulnerability of the democratic process is under increasing scrutiny after scandals like those related to Cambridge Analytica. Major concerns arise from the deceptive use of social media in the US, Europe, and several Asian countries, and from the increase in social and political polarisation across world regions, as visible in Germany, India, and the US. Finally, straightforward frauds are observed in other regions, like in the Crimea referendum or the Belarus elections. These challenges are eroding democracy, the most frequent source of governmental power, which raises multiple questions about its vulnerabilities.
Network Science has been applied to the study of issues related to democratic processes in many different contexts. Ideas taken from complex networks and complexity science have been applied to describe opinion formation and voting processes, as well as media or terrorist attacks influencing them. Other applications can be found in studies of electoral systems, such as the evaluation of democracies or the fairness of national elections.
Decision and Game Theory
Computational Social Science
Abstract Submission Deadline -
Acceptance Notifications - 24 May
Satellite date - 25 June
Networks 2021 conference - 5-10 July
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC)
University of Warsaw
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Wageningen University & Research
The idea of the workshop was a consequence of a joint project started during the Winter Workshop on Complex Systems in 2020. While working on the vulnerability of different electoral systems, we noticed that the problem is highly interdisciplinary and is recently getting much more attention. Observing the volatile international situation, we decided that such a satellite session is needed and a joint NetSci+SunBelt conference seems like a perfect opportunity for that.
The session is meant for all participants interested in the subject. No previous experience is expected. We hope the event will spark a broader discussion and potentially start new, interdisciplinary collaborations.