School Seminar: Finding Twitter audiences with cluster analysis


The Russian international news service RT, formerly Russia Today, is frequently criticised as a propaganda outlet for the Kremlin, and in the UK is currently under investigation by Ofcom for failing to observe due impartiality rules. In this talk, I will discuss our attempts to analyse networks of influence around RT by examining the Twitter network of RT's followers, and that of other news networks.

This work feeds into the wider discussions of the OU and Manchester's Reframing Russia project: Who is RT trying to influence and why? And are their goals and strategies of influence so very different from other international broadcasters?


Alistair Willis is a senior lecturer in Computing at the Open University. His research focuses mainly on natural language processing and he currently chairs TM351, the level 3 module on data management and analysis.

In keeping with the evolving traditions of the TM351 module team, the talk will of course involve a live demo using Jupyter notebooks.

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