Social Infomatics

Open Publications:

UN Dept of Economic & Social Affairs

Digital Sociology:


The future of work

Collective intelligence

Who controls the world?

Building digital democracy

The post journalistic world

The transdisciplinary meme

How to create a better world!

The impact of social openness

Why innovation thrives in cities

World Simulation - Dirk Helbing

Processes too complex to explain 

Here's how America uses its land

Kira Radinsky is an Internet oracle

Technologists, big data and society

Driverless cars, who gets protected?

Structural properties of ego networks

The information theory of individuality

The dematerialization of consumption

When dense crowds act like soft solids

Anticipation is the key to crowd physics

What makes up the Internet of Things?

Digital library text scanning and analysis

Is global civilization headed for collapse?

The blockchain is dead. long live the DLT

Techno-skeptics' objection growing louder

Proposal for a 'Constitution of Information'

Reinventing society in the wake of big data

The unplumbed depths of government data

The data that turned the world upside down

Crossroads: labor pains of a new worldview

Understanding human mobility from Twitter

Have smartphones destroyed a generation?

Social power, social responsibility & science

The science of why we don't believe science

Hidden significance of the big data explosion

A real-time site for mapping flight information

The future of Earth's technological civilization

How smart lives will flow from 'insight streams'

Interplay between research, big data and HPC

The new world order in times of digital revolution

A prediction machine powered by big social data

The role of scientist in a human-centered society

The invisible network that keeps the world running

Japan's digital eyes can show your emotions for you

OECD skills outlook 2019 - thriving in a digital world

Success principles in a complex, digital world (video)

Why Twitter is the low hanging fruit of social analytics

Creating a planetary nervous system as a Citizen Web 

Legal, social complexities of an augmented reality future

Understanding metropolitan patterns of daily encounters

Legal, social complexities of an augmented reality future

Why we need democracy 2.0 and capitalism 2.0 to survive

Tools for culture design: toward a science of social change

The demographic future of the world's 10 biggest countries

Neal Stephenson explains Silicon Valley's latest obsession

The Internet of Things is poised to change democracy itself

Big data challenges in social sciences & humanities research

Evaluating existing strategies to limit video game playing time

Mission analytics: data-driven decision making in government

Blockchain, The Age of Fang and being careless with language

Inside China's dystopian dreams: AI, shame and lots of cameras

The theory, practice and limits of Big Data for the social sciences

Exploring the role of failure in socio-technical transitions research

Evolutionary decomposition and the mechnisms of cultural change

Investigating dynamics of democratic elections using physics theory

Integrating social sciences and humanities interdisciplinary research

Mapping the online landscape to predict, prevent digital tipping points

Telling better stories: strengthening the stories in story and simulation

Societal, economic, ethical and legal challenges of the digital revolution

What, me worry? The role of affect in information seeking and avoidance

Scientists use math - and computer war games - to show how society evolved

A digital archive of slave voyages details the largest forced migration in history

The trillion internet observations showing how global sleep patterns are changing

Scientific data has become so complex, we have to invent new math to deal with it

Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks

Integrating social networks and human social motives to achieve social influence at scale

Social Science:


Maximilian Schich

Formula for Action

The GDELT Project

The Seshat Project

What is development?

Return of the oppressed

Harmonized perspectives

The aging, childless future

In defense of the generalist

Dictionary of World Biography

The Biosphere Code Manifesto 

World social science report 2013

A real-time map of births and deaths

Honesty and beliefs about honesty in 15 countries

Why has the number of NGOs exploded since 1960?

Mining events with declassified diplomatic documents 

Mathematicians predict the future with data from the past      

There's a quiet revolution taking place in the social sciences

Evolution of cooperation in social dilemmas on complex networks

Institutional rigidity and evolutionary theory: trapped on a local maximum     

Private traits and attributes are predictable from digital records of human behavior

Human Development Report 2014: reducing vulnerabilities and building resilience

Social-Ecological Systems:

Ecological systems theory and practice

Social ecological systems: key definitions

Reducing population is no environmental 'quick fix'

Mixed methods analysis of urban environmental stewardship networks

New Earth surveillance tech is about to change everything, including us

Zero poverty ... think again: impact of climate change on development efforts

Coupled catastrophes: sudden shifts cascade and hop among interdependent systems