CMI, the University of Bergen and the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies co-organized on 2 and 3 November the workshop Digital Revolutions: New Information Technology Tools in 21st Century Politics. The two-day workshop brought together academics and practitioners and was aimed to map out the field of various digital tools relevant to the study of social and political behavior; develop research questions to study the effects of these tools; and to assess the applied potential of digital tools as methods of data collection within social science research. Further, a public panel event on day 2 at the University of Bergen discussed key questions on these topics.
The objectives of the workshop were to:
- Identify research questions that can be channeled into future research projects and funding applications on the topics of:
- The impacts of digital tools on social, economic, and political processes and events; and
- Generating a more systematic understanding of the possibilities and limitations of new digital tools for research purposes.
- Identify possible collaborating partners for research projects, both for studying interventions and carrying out research.
- Laying the foundation for constructing a network of scholars and practitioners on the topic of digital tools and social science research.
- Identify possible research funding sources.
The workshop report, edited by CMI and including further details on the event’s activities and participants, can be read in full here.