“Anamia” social networks and online privacy: our Sunbelt XXXII presentations (Redondo Beach, March 18, 2012)

[This is a joint post with Paola Tubaro’s Blog]

So, here we are in the (intermittently) sunny state of California for Sunbelt XXXII, the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) annual conference. This year the venue is Redondo Beach and the highlights are both old and new stars of social network analysis:  David Krackhardt, Tom Valente, Barry Wellman, Emmanuel Lazega, Anuška Ferligoj, Ron Burt, Bernie Hogan, Carter Butts, Christina Prell, etc.

Here are our presentations, both delivered on Sunday 18th, March 2012.

Anamia social networks

This paper, co-authored with Paola Tubaro, Lise Mounier and Sylvan Lemaire, is about our ongoing research on anamia (anorexic and bulimic) websites. Sometimes improperly stygmatized as ‘pro-ana’, these online forums, blogs and groups rally ED-sufferers seeking for mutual help. Our social network approach aims to describe the potential for socialization and social cohesion of these anamia websites, as well as to assess their role with regard to healthcare professionals. (The research project ANAMIA is funded by the French Agency for National Research (ANR) under grant agreement n. ANR-09-ALIA-001.)

Social media and the alleged  ‘end of privacy’

This paper is co-authored with Paola Tubaro. Building on a online ethnographic fieldwork, we create an agent-based simulation to evaluate how the trend to disclose personal informations in social media is compatible with the urge to protect users privacy. We discover that, in highly connected and culturally diverse environments such as Facebook, privacy decreases and increases cyclically. (The research project THEOP is funded by the Fondation CIGREF – ISD programme 2011).