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The social revolution

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Science  26 Feb 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6276, pp. 924
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf0971

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Social media platforms, e-petitioning websites, and activists' social networks have made it easier than ever for dispersed collectives to communicate in their fight for a common cause. In Political Turbulence, Helen Margetts, Peter John, Scott Hale, and Taha Yasseri show how our use of these online tools leaves behind a treasure trove of digital traces that can be fruitfully employed for social scientific inquiry.