Social Media for Social Good: Twitter API Deciphered in Small Bytes

On November 18, NYU Shanghai Library’s Data Services will host an event to introduce Twitter API as an accessible tool to retrieve data, conduct research, or build projects. Guest speakers will showcase their research and products for social good accomplished with the Twitter APIs. Start exploring the breadth of projects you can initiate or contribute to!

This event will be mix-mode.

Lunch will be provided. Sessions are free come free go.

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 944 5574 6040


11 AM – 11:45 AM (Shanghai) | 10 PM – 10:45 PM (EST)

The farmers protest in India and the mobilization of the diaspora on Twitter

Dr. Stein Monteiro will present recent research on how online activism by diaspora groups living outside their home country can influence political activity in the home country through social media. Stein looks at the case of the #FarmersProtest movement in India, and the influence that the diaspora in Canada, US, UK, Australia and Gulf countries had on the overall Twitter conversation.

Dr. Stein Monteiro is a Senior Research Associate at Ryerson University (Toronto) in the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration program. Stein’s research looks at the integration of new immigrant groups into the host country’s culture and labour market.

1 AM – 1:45 PM (Shanghai) | 12 AM – 12:45 AM (EST)

A Social Media Study on the Effects of Psychiatric Medication Use

Professor Bruno Abrahao will showcase his research, A Social Media Study on the Effects of Psychiatric Medication Use, for our community to learn how they may collect and extract information from web services through APIs, and inspire the audience to explore the breadth of projects they can initiate or contribute to with developer tools as such.

Bruno Abrahao is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Business Analytics at NYU Shanghai.

1:50 AM – 2:35 PM (Shanghai) | 12:50 AM – 1:35 AM (EST)

Twitter API Walkthrough

Twitter’s Senior Developer Advocate Suhem Parack will show us how to leverage social media data for our next project with the Twitter API. Feel free to bring your questions about accessing and using the Twitter API.

Suhem Parack is a Sr. Developer Advocate at Twitter who helps students and academics use the Twitter API for research.

2:40 AM – 3:30 PM (Shanghai) | 1:40 AM – 2:30 AM (EST)

Peta Bencana (Disaster Map Foundation in Southeast Asia)

Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 Nashin Mahtani will showcase her work on the life-saving platform, where she helped leverage data via Twitter API and co-led the platform expansion from a real-time flood mapping system serving 50 million people in Indonesia to a multi-hazard mapping platform serving over 350 million people in South East Asia. With a background in architecture, Nashin’s applied and research investigations center around water polities and infrastructures, communication and media philosophies, and epigenetic adaptations.

Nashin Mahtani is the director of Yayasan Peta Bencana (Disaster Map Foundation), a South-East Asian based non-profit organization developing software infrastructures for community-led disaster co-management. In 2021 she was recognized by Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 for her contributions to the region’s social issues.