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Opinion Dynamics and Cultural Conflict in European Spaces

Objective

Social media and the digitization of news and discussion fora are having far-reaching effects on the way individuals and communities communicate, organize, and express themselves. Can the information circulating on these platforms be tapped to better understand and analyze the enormous problems facing our contemporary society? Could this help us to better monitor the growing number of social crises due to cultural differences and diverging world-views? Would this facilitate early detection and perhaps even ways to resolve conflicts before they lead to violence? The Odycceus project answers all these questions affirmatively. It will develop the conceptual foundations, methodologies, and tools to translate this bold vision into reality and demonstrate its power in a large number of cases.

Specifically, the project seeks conceptual breakthroughs in Global Systems Science, including a fine-grained representation of cultural conflicts based on conceptual spaces and sophisticated text analysis, extensions of game theory to handle games with both divergent interests and divergent mindsets, and new models of alignment and polarization dynamics. The project will also develop an open modular platform, called Penelope, that integrates tools for the complete pipeline, from data scraped from social media and digital sources, to visualization of the analyses and models developed by the project. The platform features an infrastructure allowing developers to provide new plug-ins for additional steps in the pipeline, share them with others, and jointly develop the platform as an open source community. Finally, the project will build two innovative participatory tools, the Opinion Observatory and the Opinion Facilitator, which allow citizens to monitor, visualize and influence the dynamics of conflict situations that involve heterogeneous cultural biases and non-transparent entanglements of multilateral interests.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/mathematics/applied mathematics/game theory

Call for proposal

FETPROACT-2016
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 908 625

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 608 937,50
Address
Dorsoduro 3246
30123 Venezia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 646 606,25
Address
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41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SORBONNE UNIVERSITE
France
EU contribution
€ 468 760
Address
21 Rue De L'ecole De Medecine
75006 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE DE PARIS
France
EU contribution
€ 489 350
Address
85 Bd Saint Germain
75006 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 982 500
Address
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 378 747,50
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET LEIPZIG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 333 750
Address
Ritterstrasse 26
04109 Leipzig
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments