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Anat Ben-David, Associate Professor

Anat Ben-David
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The Open University The Dorothy De Rothschild Campus One University Road P.O.B. 808 Ra’anana 43107, Israel
Office: 972-9-7781147 Email:anatbd@openu.ac.il

Anat Ben-David is an associate professor in the department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication. She is co-founder of the Open University's Open Media and Information Lab (OMILab). Focusing on New Media, her primary research interests are history and geopolitics of the Web, Digital STS, social and political studies of social media, and digital and computational methods for Web research.


PhD, Science, Technology and Society, Bar-Ilan University

Dissertation title: “Palestinian Border-Making in Digital Spaces”.
Supervisors: Prof. Richard Rogers (University of Amsterdam),
Dr. Noah Efron (Bar-Ilan University)


M.A. (Cum Laude). Media Studies, University of Amsterdam (2004).
Thesis title: “Hyperlink-Relationships Between International and Israeli NGOs Campaigning Against Israel’s ‘Security Fence’”.
Supervisor: Prof. Richard Rogers (University of Amsterdam)
B.A. (Cum Laude). Psychology and Comparative Literature, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication, The Open University of Israel.
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication, The Open University of Israel.
Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication, The Open University of Israel.
Post Doctoral Researcher, “Web Archives Information Retrieval Tools”, Media Studies, University of Amsterdam.

Ben-David, A. (2023). Little Samaritan Brothers: Crowdsourcing voter surveillance. Law & Ethics of Human Rights, 17(2), 1–39. 

Neiger, M., Meyers, O., & Ben-David, A. (2023). Tweeting the Holocaust: Social media discourse between reverence, exploitation, and simulacra. Journal of Communication, 73(3), 222–234

Ratner, Y., Ben-David, A., & Dvir-Gvirsman, S. (2023). Saving journalism from Facebook's death grip? The implications of content recommendation platforms on publishers and their audiences. Digital Journalism, 11(8), 1410–1431

McCammon, M., Virgilio, D., Ogden, C., Ackermann, K., Zuckerman, E., Gehl, R., Ben-David, A., . . . & Rankin, J. L. (2022). Dead-and-dying platforms: a roundtableInternet Histories, 6(1–2), 14–30

Ben-David, A. (2020). Counter-Archiving Facebook. European Journal of Communication. DOI: 10.117/0267323120922069 

Ben-David, A. (2019). 2014 not found. A cross-platform approach to retrospective web archiving. Internet Histories, 3(3-4), 316–342. DOI: 10.1080/24701475.2019.1654290.

Brügger, N., Milligan, I., Ben-David, A., Gebeil,S., Nanni, F., Rogers, R., Turkel, W.J., Weber, M.S., &  Webster, P. (2019). Internet histories and computational methods: a “round-doc” discussion. Internet Histories, 3:3-4, 202–222, DOI: 10.1080/24701475.2019.1639352  

Ben-David, A., & Soffer, O. (2018). User comments across platforms and journalistic genres. Information, Communication & Society. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2018.1468919.

Ben-David, A. & Amram, A. (2018).  The Internet Archive and the socio-technical construction of historical facts​. Internet Histories. DOI: 10.1080/24701475.2018.1455412.

Barzilay, A. & Ben-David, A. (2017). Platform inequality: Gender in the Gig-EconomySeton Hall Law Review: Vol. 47(2), Issue 2.

Ben-David, A., Amram, A., & R. Bekkerman. (2016). The colors of the national Web: Visual data analysis of the historical Yugoslav Web domain. International Journal on Digital Libraries, DOI: 10.0007/s00799-016-0202-6.

 Ben-David, A. (2016). What does the Web remember of its deleted past? An archival reconstruction of the former Yugoslav Top Level Domain. New Media  & Society, 18(7), 1103–1119.

Ben-David, A., & Matamoros Fernandez, A. (2016). Hate speech and covert discrimination on social media: Monitoring the Facebook Pages of Extreme-Right Political Parties in Spain. International Journal of  Communication, 10(7).

Huurdeman, H.C.,  Kamps, J.,  Samar, T., de Vries, A.P., Ben-David, A., & R.A. Rogers (2015). Lost but not forgotten: Finding pages on the unarchived Web. International Journal on Digital Libraries, 1–19.

Ben-David, A., & Huurdeman, H. (2014). Web archive search as research: Methodological and theoretical implications. Alexandria, 25(1), 93–111.

Ben-David, A. (2012). The Palestinian diaspora on the Web: Between de-territorialization and re-territorialization. Social Science Information, 51(4), 459–47. 

Rogers, R., & Ben-David, A. (2010). Coming to terms: a conflict analysis of the usage, in official and unofficial sources, of ‘security fence’,‘apartheid wall’, and other terms for the structure between Israel and the Palestinian territories. Media, War & Conflict, 3(2), 202–229.

Ben-David, A. (2010). La Palestine et ses frontieres virtuelles 2.0: Du «non-lieu» à l'espace généré par les utilisateurs. Réseaux, (159), 151–79.

Ben-David, A. (2010). Palestine's virtual borders 2.0​: From a non-place to a user-generated space. Réseaux, (159), 151–179.​ 

Rogers, R., & Ben-David, A. (2008). The Palestinian—Israeli peace process and transnational issue networks: the complicated place of the Israeli NGO. New Media & Society, 10(3), 497–528.

Ben-David, A. (2019). National web histories at the fringe of the Web: Palestine, Kosovo, and the quest for online self-determination. In in N. Brügger, D. Laursen (Eds.), The historical web and Digital Humanities: The case of national web domains (pp. 89—109). Abingdon: Routledge. 

Ben-David, A. and Amram, A.. (2018). Computational Methods for Web History. In Brügger, Niels and Ian Milligan (Eds.), SAGE Handbook of Web History (pp. 152—167). London: Sage. 

Stevenson, M. and Ben-David, A. (2018). Network Analysis for Web History. In Brügger, Niels and Ian Milligan (Eds.), SAGE Handbook of Web History (pp. 125—137). London: Sage. 

Ben-David, Anat. 2014. “Mapping Minority Web-spaces: The Case of the Arabic Web-space in Israel”, in: Caspi Dan,  and Nelly Elias (Eds.), Ethnic Minorities and Media in the Holy Land. Vallentine-Mitchell Academic, pp.137–157.

Ben-David, Anat. 2014. “Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Social Media”, in Harvey Kerric (Ed.), Encyclopaedia of Social Media and Politics. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Ben-David, Anat. 2014. “Speak2Tweet”, in Harvey Kerric (Ed.), Encyclopaedia of Social Media and Politics. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Ben-David, Anat. 2011. “Digital Natives and the Return of the Local Cause”, in: Shah, Nishant, and Fieke Jansen (Eds.), Digital AlterNatives with a Cause. Book One - To Be. Bangalore, India and The Hague, The Netherlands: The Centre for Internet and Society and HIVOS, pp. 10–23.

Amram, A., Ben-David, A., & Tsarfaty, R. (2018). Representations and Architectures in Neural Sentiment Analysis for Morphologically Rich Languages: A Case Study from Modern Hebrew. In Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (pp. 2242-2252). 

Ben-David, Anat and Oren Soffer. "User comments across platforms and journalistic genres: a computational analysis". Poster presented at the 3rd GESIS Computational Social Science Winter Symposium, 28-29 November, Cologne, Germany, 2016. 

Huurdeman, Hugo C., Anat Ben-David, Jaap Kamps, Thaer Samar, and Arjen P. de Vries. Finding pages on the unarchived web. In DL'14: Proceedings of the Digital Library Conference. ACM Press, New York NY, 2014.

Samar, Thaer, Hugo C. Huurdeman, Anat Ben-David, Jaap Kamps, and Arjen P. de Vries. Uncovering the unarchived web. In SIGIR '14: Proceedings of the 37th international ACM SIGIR conference on Research & development in information retrieval. ACM Press, New York NY, 2014, pp. 1199–1202.

Huurdeman, Hugo C., Anat Ben-David, and Thaer Samar. Sprint methods for web archive research. In WebSci ’13: Proceedings of the 5th Annual ACM Web Science Conference. ACM Press, New York NY, 2013, pp. 182–190.

Ben-David, Anat (2015). Social media and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict [Streaming Video]. Retrieved from Sage Video.

Ben-David, Anat, and Sam Bahour.  2009. “Access to Information in the Occupied Palestinian Territory”. Global Information Society Watch. APC / HIVOS, pp. 171–173.