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Prof. Dr. Melih Kırlıdoğ

Melih Kırlıdoğ

Analyzing and comparing the twitter data of political parties in Germany and Turkey

With the ubiquity of computers and the Internet, social media has become one of the most important tools of news dissemination and mass mobilization. This makes it an ideal tool for political parties and movements. It can efficiently be used for accessing large populations in autocratic countries where mass media may be under direct or indirect control of the government. This is also true for more democratic settings where social media provides a fast and flexible tool for political propaganda and organizational activities.
This project will investigate the Twitter strategies of the political parties and their heads in Germany and Turkey. The effectiveness of the strategies as well as the comparison of the reactions to the party organisations and party heads will also be studied. To this end, Twitter posts will be extracted with APIs (Application Program Interface) and analyzed with several methods including text mining.

Main Research Topics

  • Twitter analytics
  • Text mining
  • Sentiment analysis
  • Power of party heads compared to party organisations in Turkey and Germany

Curriculum Vitae

  • Guest researcher at Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft (Jan 2017 – Jun 2017)
  • Head of Information Systems Department in Nişantaşı University, Istanbul (Oct 2015 – Feb 2016)
  • Faculty member in the Computer Engineering Department of Marmara University, Istanbul (Nov 2002 – Aug 2015)


  • Kırlıdoğ, M. (2017, 5. Oktober). Academia: With or Without Conscience, Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft 2017, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.
  • Kırlıdoğ, M. (2017, 12. Juni). Taking Sides or Staying Neutral, Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin.
  • Kırlıdoğ, M. (2017, 8. Mai). Turkish Delight: A for Arrest, B for Bots, C for Censorship, re:publica 2017, Berlin.


  • Kırlıdoğ, M., Zeeman, M., Smit, I. & Pretorius, P. (2017). Postgraduate information systems programmes in Turkey and South Africa: Importance and constraints. 8th ICSS Conference, 24-25 August, Durban, South Africa.
  • Kırlıdoğ, M., van der Vyver, C., Zeeman, M. & Coetzee, W. (in print). “Unfulfilled Need: Reasons for Insufficient ICT Skills in South Africa,” Information Development.
  • Akgül, M. & Kırlıdoğ, M. (2015). Internet censorship in Turkey. Internet Policy Review4 (2). DOI: 10.14763/2015.2.366 https://policyreview.info/articles/analysis/internet-censorship-turkey

Prof. Dr. Melih Kırlıdoğ

Fellow at CAIS from July 2017 until July 2018