What Can Wikipedia Data Tell Us about U.S. Far-Right Extremism? - A Research Proposal

Abstract. The project leverages Wikipedia data on U.S. far-right extremists and organizations as a proxy for public awareness on the topic. With temporal analysis, development of the network shows the growth of public attention on national security concerns, allowing for comparative analysis between types of extremism and seeking to better understand public knowledge as a factor for agenda setting and policy making. The first attempt presented here is an experimental approach to collecting and processing publicly available Wikipedia data around 18 far-right activists.

Team. WikiViz is a project of graduate students from Professor Tamar Mitts's "Data Science and Public Policy" class at the School of International and Public Affairs and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University in the City of New York. Team members: Louis Jarvers (MPA ’21), Liam Kearney (MIA ’22), Jiaxi Liu (Stats ‘21), Jiage Song (Stats ‘21), Michelle Strayer (QMSS/Stats ‘21)