Ahead of the European Parliamentary elections over a period ranging from December 2018 to May 2019, Alto Analytics conducted a data analytics project with the goal of understanding the public digital sociopolitical conversation and identifying any abnormal attempts to increase social polarization or radicalization across Europe.
The data analytics project was a pan-European collaboration involving multiple organizations, media companies, and events across Europe. The research incorporates data collected in real-time from mid-December 2018 to May 2019 in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Spain. Alto’s data scientists worked with Alto’s proprietary software, Alto Analyzer, to index and analyze a data lake fed by a diverse range of public data sources including social media, public forums, blogs, digital communities, discussion boards, news, video sites, wiki sites, and others. The real-time data lake for this extensive analytics project encompassed roughly 900 million data entries from over 95 million users.
Assessment of the digital reach and amplification of these publications indicates that the social media distribution of published partner articles exceeds 215,000,000 followers reached. In total, the project’s research was published in over 25 different countries, with over 115 articles or other pieces of content referencing Alto’s research. Below is a list of selected highlights of media coverage that cover a broad range of Alto’s research conducted over the pre-elections period.
Selected Highlights of Media Coverage
Financial Times: “Homegrown ‘junk news’ on migrants and Islam surges, studies find”
Washington Post: “Want to build a far-right movement? Spain’s Vox party shows how”
Bloomberg: “Facebook’s dream hire has made a bad start”
Highlights – French Publications
Highlights – German Publications
Tagesschau: “Users on the Right dominate discourse”
Highlights – Italian Publications
Huffington Post Italy: “The hot topics of the network ahead of the Europeans”
Highlights – Polish Publications
OKO.press: “The extreme right is penetrating PiS”
Highlights – Spanish Publications
Television Reporting from ARD and Euronews
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