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Google Flu Trends

In a video that I saw last year on TED talks, professor Nicholas A. Christakis (Harvard professor of Medical Sociology) discussed how studying network structures could allow us to provide better warning on epidemics (one of the students wrote a nice blog on this video here). On this video, Prof. Christakis briefly mentions Google Flu […]

Impact Investment: How philanthropy can alter networks

This blog post is about a TED Talk by Sasha Dichter and the company that he founded- The Acumen Fund. This non-profit organization was created under the ideal of being an impact investment fund. Impact investment is the idea of improving society by using capital and investing in solving social problems. This is often done […]

Twitter as a News Feed: Spreading the News of bin Laden’s Death

Social networking has allowed news to spread faster than ever before, especially in the case of Twitter. Twitter is a social networking site where users can post short 140 character messages (tweets) to be instantly viewed by that user’s followers, wherever they are in the world. Twitter is special in that in order to follow […]

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