Derek Weber

Derek Weber

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Computer Science

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences


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. 

 

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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