Derek Weber

Derek Weber

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Computer Science

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

I have worked as a researcher with the Defence Science and Technology Group since 1998 and am now a PhD student. My research examines how automation and coordinated behaviour on online social media are exploited in attempts to sway public opinion.

My research focuses on the detection and analysis of groups and communities on social media that engage in spreading narratives, particularly at times of political significance or social crisis (e.g., election campaigns and pandemics, respectively), but also the question of the validity of social media analytics in general. 


  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Weber, D., Nasim, M., Mitchell, L., & Falzon, L. (2021). Exploring the effect of streamed social media data variations on social network analysis. Social Network Analysis and Mining, 11(1), 1-38.
    DOI Scopus1
    2021 Weber, D., & Neumann, F. (2021). A General Method to Find Highly Coordinating Communities in Social Media through Inferred Interaction Links.. CoRR, abs/2103.03409.
    2021 Assenmacher, D., Weber, D., Preuss, M., Calero Valdez, A., Bradshaw, A., Ross, B., . . . Grimme, C. (2021). Benchmarking Crisis in Social Media Analytics: A Solution for the Data-Sharing Problem. Social Science Computer Review, 089443932110122.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2021 Weber, D., & Falzon, L. (2021). Temporal Nuances of Coordination Networks.. CoRR, abs/2107.02588.
    2021 Weber, D., & Neumann, F. (2021). Amplifying influence through coordinated behaviour in social networks. Social Network Analysis and Mining, 11(1), 111.
    DOI Scopus1
    2019 Butavicius, M., Parsons, K., McCormac, A., Dennis, S., Ceglar, A., Weber, D., . . . Powers, D. (2019). Using Semantic Context to Rank the Results of Keyword Search. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 35(9), 725-741.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2019 Butavicius, M. A., Parsons, K. M., McCormac, A., Dennis, S. J., Ceglar, A., Weber, D., . . . Powers, D. M. (2019). Using Semantic Context to Rank the Results of Keyword Search.. Int. J. Hum. Comput. Interact., 35, 725-741.
    Weber, D., Falzon, L., Mitchell, L., & Nasim, M. (n.d.). Promoting and countering misinformation during Australia's 2019-2020
    bushfires: A case study of polarisation.
    Nasim, M., Weber, D., South, T., Tuke, J., Bean, N., Falzon, L., & Mitchell, L. (n.d.). Are we always in strife? A longitudinal study of the echo chamber effect
    in the Australian Twittersphere.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2020 Weber, D., Nasim, M., Mitchell, L., & Falzon, L. (2020). A method to evaluate the reliability of social media data for social network analysis. In M. Atzmüller, M. Coscia, & R. Missaoui (Eds.), Proceedings of the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM2020) (pp. 317-321). online: IEEE.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS4
    2020 Weber, D., & Neumann, F. (2020). Who's in the Gang? Revealing Coordinating Communities in Social Media.. In Proceedings of the 2020 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM) Vol. 2020.9381418 (pp. 89-93). New York, USA: IEEE.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3
    2020 Weber, D., Nasim, M., Falzon, L., & Mitchell, L. (2020). #ArsonEmergency and Australia's "Black Summer": Polarisation and misinformation on social media. In Proceedings of the 2nd Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Open Online Media (MISDOOM), as published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 12259 (pp. 159-173). Switzerland: Springer.
    DOI Scopus3
    2018 Pattison, T., Ceglar, A., & Weber, D. (2018). Efficient formal concept analysis through recursive context partitioning. In CEUR Workshop Proceedings Vol. 2123 (pp. 219-230).
    2014 Pattison, T., Weber, D., & Ceglar, A. (2014). Enhancing layout and interaction in formal concept analysis. In I. Fujishiro, U. Brandes, H. Hagen, & S. Takahashi (Eds.), IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium (pp. 248-252). Keio Univ, Yokohama, JAPAN: IEEE.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS2
    2013 McCormac, A., Parsons, K., Butavicius, M., Ceglar, A., Weber, D., Pattison, T., . . . Powers, D. (2013). Interfaces for discourse summarisation: A human factors analysis. In H. Shen, R. T. Smith, J. Paay, P. R. Calder, & T. G. Wyeld (Eds.), Proceedings of the 25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference: Augmentation, Application, Innovation, Collaboration, OzCHI 2013 (pp. 139-142). ACM Press.
    DOI Scopus1
    2004 Weber, D., & Phillips, M. (2004). An Architecture for Multi-View Information Overlays.. In N. Churcher, & C. Churcher (Eds.), Vol. 35 (pp. 9-15). Australian Computer Society.

Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme 2019, for collaboration with the University of Münster, Germany, titled "Detection and classification of malicious virtual grassroots influence campaigns in social media".

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