Looking for a topic for your Bachelor's or Master's thesis? Here are some topics I am happy to supervise or mentor. All topics can be written in Finnish or English. I am happy to work with students from any university on these topics; I can also be the formal supervisor for students at Aalto University.
There is an increasing literature focused on the social implications of algorithms. The major argument made in critical algorithm studies is that algorithms held power and therefore have social relevance. While sociologists have been interested in these themes and written a lot on it, the relationship between this literature and analysis of power (as conducted e.g., in political science) is rather thin.
Given the recent developments linking social media to politics (the Twitter revolution in Egypt, the election of Trump as president in the United States) it has become obvious that social computing has political consequences. These events have raised the overall importance of reflection within social computing scholarship. This reflection would benefit from understanding what social science community has already done to study democracy.
There is increasing use of computational tools for social sciene research, such as automated data collection tools or data science tools for research. I seek to guide researchers interested on the methods for computational social science: either presenting novel theory-driven methods or examining validity and reliability of the existing methods.
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