OverviewThis book provides readers with a comprehensive guide to the theory and research of Web Social Science. It traces and critically evaluates the rise of web social science, demonstrates how the web is used as a resource for social research, illuminates how web social science promotes social and political connections and the ways in which it has been used for the purposes of commerce and business.Situating social sciences in the light of our current eSociety, this book gives you the opportunity to: Gain an understanding of the fundamental changes to society, politics and the economy that have resulted from new information and communication technologies such as the Web Learn about relevant data, tools and research methods for conducting research using web data. Learn how Internet data are providing new insights into long-standing social science research questions. Understand how social science can facilitate an understanding of life in the Digital AgeOriginal and timely, this will be of immense use for students and researchers throughout the social sciences. It will also be an important source of knowledge for readers studying and researching information theory and engineering.