Call for Applications – SICSS ACCRA 2023

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We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the two-week-long Summer Institute in Computational Social Science at the Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana, Accra (SICSS-Accra), from August 20 to September 2, 2023. During the summer institute, participants will apply computational methods to digital and traditional data sources in researching the…

Summer Institute in Computational Social Science - Covenant

Announcing the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (Covenant University, Nigeria)

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SICSS-Nigeria is accepting applications to participate in the two-week-long Summer Institute in Computational Social Science that will take place on June 19-29, 2022, at Covenant University (Nigeria). SICSS-Nigeria will bring together postgraduate students, early-career academics and researchers, as well as junior officers in statistical offices, government ministries, and agencies. Application/registration for SICSS-Nigeria is free, and…

#TwitterBan and speaking into existence: Evaluating migration intentions in Nigeria

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Introduction 😎 Mid-2021, the Federal Government of Nigeria suspended Twitter activities in the country after the micro-blogging platform removed a tweet in which the president threatened to treat members of a secessionist group in “the language they understand”. Subsequently, several internet service providers in the country blocked access to the microblogging platform, and netizens could…

Visualizing age-sex composition of confirmed coronavirus cases in Eswatini over time

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Introduction 😎 Why visualize the age-sex composition of confirmed coronavirus cases? Demographers have been consistently highlighting the importance of age-sex structure of the population and confirmed cases in shaping fatality rates in countries (see these articles📰 published in PNAS and PlosONE for details). My colleagues and I also wrote a commentary😊highlighting the importance of age-sex disaggregated counts of confirmed cases and deaths…

Acceptability and use of social media for sexual health communication among young African adults

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Diverse literature on health promotion using social media suggests that increasing reach and interaction are crucial elements of success. However, very scant research exists on the acceptance and the intention of young adults in African countries to use and interact with sexual health information on social media. In this presentation I share insights on the…

GoogleMap Traffic Info for 4 Cities on a Typical Thursday

How to {magick}ally Visualize Historical Google Maps Traffic Data

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  Motivation Many African countries have implemented a full lockdown strategy to curb the spread of CoVID-19. I thought it was interesting to see how compliance would vary across cities without relying solely on news media. Unfortunately, Google Maps does not provide historical traffic data beyond traffic information on a Typical (specified) day and time….