Women's driving in Saudi Arabia-analyzing the discussion of a controversial topic on twitter

Aseel Addawood, Amirah Alshamrani, Amal Alqahtani, Jana Diesner, David Broniatowski

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Abstract

Twitter provides a window into peoples' opinions about issues of public interest. In this paper, we analyzed the stance, gender and location of tweetsand tweeters related to the controversial issue of women driving in Saudi Arabia.We used a sample of tweets between 2012, when the first campaign for womendriving began, until 2017, when the government issued a policy that allowedwomen to drive. We manually labeled 4089 tweets for stance (i.e., being in support, against, or neutral on this topic). Our data analysis showed that there wasmore support for than opposition to this issue, and that the ratio of opposingtweets was lowest after the change was officially announced. There were moremale than female tweeters in our sample. Our analysis of the gender and locationof tweeters showed that in our data, women were more opinionated (both, proand against women driving) than the men, and most tweets on this topic originated from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the USA, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Event2018 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation, BRiMS 2018 - Washington, United States
Duration: Jul 10 2018Jul 13 2018

Conference

Conference2018 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation, BRiMS 2018
CountryUnited States
CityWashington
Period7/10/187/13/18

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Keywords

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Social Computing
  • Stance Analysis
  • Twitter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Modeling and Simulation

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Addawood, A., Alshamrani, A., Alqahtani, A., Diesner, J., & Broniatowski, D. (2018). Women's driving in Saudi Arabia-analyzing the discussion of a controversial topic on twitter. Paper presented at 2018 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation, BRiMS 2018, Washington, United States.