elections

On the Election Trail with Big Data: New York Doesn’t Like Cruz

Context: As an outsider and a bit of a data geek, I’ve been tracking the US Election campaigns with interest. My tools are slightly different for this: I’m using the Election Monitor, a Twitter  analytics engine we at WSO2 built as a big data experiment, and it’s tracking everything happening around the US Election live.  A lot of things just happened. The Panama Papers hit the wires, and despite the… Read More »On the Election Trail with Big Data: New York Doesn’t Like Cruz

Mapping Election Influence On Social Media: Part One – Twitter

This is the Twitter universe of the elections. Every star is a tweep; every line is a tweet, retweet or a mention. Beautiful, isn’t it? This is a visual representation of a week’s worth of Twitter conversations from #GenElecSL and #SLGE15, the two most popular hashtags related to the 2015 General Election. I’ve set about mapping influencers on social media – and the first part of the map is Twitter: the… Read More »Mapping Election Influence On Social Media: Part One – Twitter

The Devil We Know: Stories from the #PresPoll

As the elections approach, shit gets real. Here’s some of it:    Severed dogs’ heads are delivered to the houses of  Brito Fernando and Prasanga Fernando, two of the activists behind the “Change with Reform” campaign. Former diplomat Dr Dayan Jayatilleke chats with a man with a fake accent, revealing his ideas of a perfect nation:  Russia (a country that once recorded a 140% voter turnout) and China (a one-party state). Major… Read More »The Devil We Know: Stories from the #PresPoll