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About Giovanni Pagano

Giovanni Pagano works as a researcher at EuVisions where he focuses primarily on the analysis of social networking platforms to assess public opinion, and on the uses of social media for discussing and participating in politics. Previously he worked as project manager and web editor for the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai), an independent think tank based in Turin, Italy.

Articles by Giovanni Pagano

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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The 2018 Italian election campaign viewed from Twitter

We have followed 1,579 candidates and tracked their Twitter conversations for two weeks now. Also, we collected 400,000 citizens’ retweets and replies to candidates’ tweets.

The Italian electoral campaign and the issue of immigration: a Twitter analysis in the aftermath of the Macerata attack

Interestingly enough, the presence of hashtags such as #itaexit and #noEU suggests a clear link – in the ‘national closure’ discourse – between anti-immigration and anti-European sentiment. 

On the eve of the German elections, Alternative für Deutschland prevails on Twitter

Populist parties have a higher capacity to exploit digital arenas to boost and propagate their slogans and influence the political agenda. This should not be underestimated by mainstream political forces.

Renzi vs Juncker: a social media analysis

If Matteo Renzi hoped to gain support among Italian eurosceptics in his quarrel with Jean-Claude Juncker, the reaction on Twitter says he was not so successful.

Cameron’s renegotiation speech and intra-EU migration: how the web reacted

Using natural language processing (NLP) techniques, we have analysed reactions to Cameron’s speech on Twitter, focusing in particular on the sensitive issue of intra-EU migration.

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