[Air-L] Fw: CFP // The Post-API Conference: Social media data acquisition after Twitter

Deen Freelon dfreelon at gmail.com
Thu Jul 13 07:22:28 PDT 2023

Hi, just bumping... submission deadline is Mon Jul 17. Just enough time 
to get that last-minute Threads proposal in, and with 1-pg submission, 
why not? Also, travel funding is available for grad students and non-TT 
researchers. LMK if you have questions. Thx, //DEEN

Deen Freelon, Ph.D.
Allan Randall Freelon Sr. 
<https://twitter.com/dfreelon/status/1650870540725256194> Professor of 
Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania
Senior researcher, Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life 
(CITAP) <https://citap.unc.edu>
dfreelon.org | github <https://github.com/dfreelon> | twitter 

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Date 6/1/2023 10:55:33 AM
Subject CFP // The Post-API Conference: Social media data acquisition 
after Twitter

The Post-API Conference: Social media data acquisition after Twitter
Conference details

Sunday, October 22, 2023 (the day after AOIR ends)

Annenberg Public Policy Center

202 S 36th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

8:30am - 4:30pm

Organizing committee
Deen Freelon, University of Pennsylvania

Josephine Lukito, University of Texas at Austin

Bree McEwan, University of Toronto Mississauga

Josh Pasek, University of Michigan

If you use social media data in your research, you’re going to want to 
listen up, because we’ve reached a crisis point. Digital data access has 
survived in an uncomfortable and unpredictable flux for years, but the 
most recent wave of policy changes may well be existential. Consider the 
following developments from the past 12 months:

Elon Musk has eliminated free access to Twitter’s API, and the only 
academically useful paid tiers far exceed most researchers’ budgets. 

Musk has also demanded that Decahose users delete all Twitter data 
acquired under previous agreements 
this demand will be extended to Academic API users is currently unknown.

Reddit has denied access to its API for Pushshift 
a popular service used by researchers to collect Reddit data. Popular 
Reddit app Apollo is facing API charges of $1.7M per month 
to continue operating.

TikTok released a new API for researchers, which among other things 
requires them “to regularly refresh TikTok Research API Data at least 
every fifteen (15) days, and delete data that is not available from the 
TikTok Research API at the time of each refresh." 

Crowdtangle, Meta’s researcher tool for acquiring data from Facebook and 
Instagram, still exists as of this writing. But rumors of its imminent 
demise have been reported in multiple 

If your research pipeline has been caught in the crossfire of these and 
similar developments, this one-day Post-API Conference is for you. We’re 
looking to convene some of the brightest minds working on these issues 
across disciplines to help identify the most viable solutions and 

To encourage informal conversation between participants, the conference 
will adopt a nontraditional structure. Participants will be organized 
into four informal plenary panels–two in the morning and two in the 
afternoon–each of which will begin with a series of four 5-minute 
lightning talks. However, most of the time will be spent in large-scale 
moderated discussions between participants and panelists.

Each of the four panels will focus on one of the following topics:

Gaps. What tools/software/workflows/perspectives are missing from our 
research toolkits? How can we stay nimble and responsive to a constantly 
changing data ecosystem?

Education. What tools/software/workflows/perspectives have you developed 
or used that you’d like to showcase? What broad types of education do 
people in this area need (e.g. does everyone need to learn to code)?

Storage and access. How can we overcome challenges in post-acquisition 
data storage and access, especially across institutions?

Ethics. What ethical considerations should we bear in mind as we plow 
forward? Would it be worth the effort to create a broad, 
interdisciplinary ethical framework?

Submission Information

Applicants interested in giving a lightning talk should submit a memo 
(no more than 1 page single spaced) describing their topic. We encourage 
participants to think broadly here: for example, you could discuss a 
project that failed because you could not gather the data, impending 
concerns about studying a particular platform, concerns regarding 
non-traditional data collection methods, or new data collection software 
you developed. In your proposal, please indicate which panel you feel 
best fits your talk. You may also apply to attend the conference without 
submitting a lightning talk proposal, but preference will be given to 
those who submit proposals.

Submissions are due by Monday,July 17, 2023 at midnight Pacific Daylight 
Time/PDT (UTC -700). Please submit your proposal in MS Word or PDF 
format by clicking the following link:

Post-API conference submission form 

Author teams for which multiple authors wish to attend the conference 
should designate one team member to submit their proposal.Every 
individual who wishes to attend must submit their own separate 
application. Please send any questions to post.api.conf at gmail.com.

Travel Funding

We are currently working on obtaining need-based travel funding for 
graduate students, non-tenure track faculty, and independent 
researchers. If you are interested in being considered for funding, 
please complete the relevant section of the application. Preference will 
be given to applicants who demonstrate a lack of institutional funds 
(e.g. via a link to your department’s travel policy or a letter from 
your chair, dean, or relevant administrative staff confirming your lack 
of travel funds).

Stable link to CFP: https://tinyurl.com/post-api-conf-cfp
Stable link to submission form: https://tinyurl.com/post-api-conf-submit

Deen Freelon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor | Hussman School of Journalism and Media
Principal Researcher | Center for Information, Technology, and Public 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
http://dfreelon.org | @dfreelon <https://twitter.com/dfreelon> | 
https://github.com/dfreelon | https://citap.unc.edu/
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