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Networks under scrutiny at the “Swiss Youth in Science” study week

(November 2014) For the fifth time, NCCR Democracy offered young people between 16 and 20 the opportunity to work on a research project during the annual study week on the social sciences organized by Swiss Youth in Science.

Swiss Youth in Science is an organization that encourages and promotes young people exploring their potential for research. The study week took place from 24 to 29 November 2014 and the topic this time was “networks”.

Six PhD students from the NCCR Democracy had devised three research projects covering a wide range of aspects of the topic: One project, led by Alice el-Wakil and Lukas Peter, analyzed virtual and real social networks and was guided by the overarching question of whether networks enhance or impede our freedom. Cooperation and conflict between private actors in the field of environmental and sustainable production was the focus of the second project, devised by Christian Ewert and Michael Strebel. The third project, under the direction of Luca Manucci and Michi Amsler, examined Wikipedia—a network enabling the exchange and discussion of information and viewpoints with the aim of improving knowledge and the quality of public opinion. The project looked particularly closely at Wikipedia articles on direct democracy.

NCCR Democracy welcomed a total of 17 students who participated in the three projects. At the end of the week, the young people presented their research findings to a wider audience at a public event at the University of Basel.

More information on the website of Swiss Youth in Science.

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