The Promises of Web-Based Social Experiments

Here’s another Berkman Center webcast that’s likely to be of interest to e-Views readers: this Tuesday, February 21st, at 12:30 pm, Jerome Hergueux, a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Sciences Po Paris and the University of Strasbourg and a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, will be giving the talk, The Promises of Web-based Social Experiments, in which he’ll introduce the audience to one of the first online platforms specifically designed for conducting interactive social experiments over the internet to date‚Ķ [along with] the preliminary results of a randomized experiment that compares behavioral measures of social preferences obtained both in a traditional University laboratory and online, with a focus on engaging the audience in a reflection about the specificities, limitations and promises of online experimental economics as a tool for social science research.

Jerome works with Professor Yochai Benkler to develop new interactive survey methods to uncover the foundations and dynamics of interactions and behavior in online social spaces. This event is being webcast live at 12:30 pm ET and archived on the Berkman Center site shortly thereafter.

Worth tuning in, I think.

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Cheryl LaGuardia About Cheryl LaGuardia

Cheryl LaGuardia always wanted to be a librarian, and has been one for more years than she's going to admit. She cracked open her first CPU to install a CD-ROM card in the mid-1980's, pioneered e-resource reviewing for Library Journal in the early 90's (picture calico bonnets and prairie schooners on the web...), won the Louis Shores / Oryx Press Award for Professional Reviewing, and has been working for truth, justice, and better electronic library resources ever since. Reach her at, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.