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The Politics of Twitter Data


Cornelius Puschmann


Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Jean Burgess


Queensland University of Technology

January 23, 2013

HIIG Discussion Paper Series No. 2013-01

Abstract:     
Our paper approaches Twitter through the lens of “platform politics” (Gillespie, 2010), focusing in particular on controversies around user data access, ownership, and control. We characterise different actors in the Twitter data ecosystem: private and institutional end users of Twitter, commercial data resellers such as Gnip and DataSift, data scientists, and finally Twitter, Inc. itself; and describe their conflicting interests. We furthermore study Twitter’s Terms of Service and application programming interface (API) as material instantiations of regulatory instruments used by the platform provider and argue for a more promotion of data rights and literacy to strengthen the position of end users.

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Keywords: social media, Twitter, big data, users, platforms, regulation


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Date posted: January 25, 2013  

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Puschmann, Cornelius and Burgess, Jean, The Politics of Twitter Data (January 23, 2013). HIIG Discussion Paper Series No. 2013-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2206225 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2206225

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Cornelius Puschmann (Contact Author)
Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society ( email )
Französische Str. 9
Berlin, 10117
Germany
+49 30 2007 6082 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.hiig.de
Jean Burgess
Queensland University of Technology ( email )
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Australia
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