2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Using Social Media to Predict Gun Violence

Sunday, March 13
5:00PM - 6:00PM

JW Marriott
Salon C
110 E 2nd St


Gun-related violence in the U.S. is a public health crisis, with nearly 100,000 people injured or killed each year. Despite the critical need for timely data on gun violence, laws and regulations often prohibit comprehensive data collection. The emergence of non-traditional data sources –online news, Google, and Twitter– has already been used to track a wide range of public health phenomena, such as the spread of influenza, and now has the potential to track gun usage and opinions. This session will demonstrate and discuss a brand new publicly-accessible interactive platform that provides real-time information and forecasts, on gun ownership and gun violence in searchable geographic areas.

Hashtags: #sxsw #queryguns


Ben Reis

Dir Predictive Medicine Group

Harvard Medical School

Ben Reis is Director of the Predictive Medicine Group at Harvard Medical School and the Children's Hospital Informatics Program. His research focuses on understanding the fundamental patterns of hu...

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Evan DeFilippis at SXSW

Evan DeFilippis


Armed With Reason

Evan DeFilippis is currently attending Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, a graduate program focusing on economics and public policy. He is the co-founder of Armed With Reason, a website dedicated...

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Jessyca Dudley at SXSW

Jessyca Dudley

Program Officer

The Joyce Foundation

Jessyca Dudley is Program Officer for the Joyce Foundation’s Gun Violence Prevention Program. Through Joyce’s grant making, Jessyca supports evidence-based policies and practices to reduce gun deat...

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John Brownstein at SXSW

John Brownstein

Chief Innovation Officer

Boston Children's Hospital

John Brownstein, Ph.D. is Professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and is the Chief Innovation Officer of Boston Children’s Hospital. He also directs the Computa...

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