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Pablo Beytía

Research Fellow
Pablo Beytía

Pablo Beytía is a research fellow at the “Quantification and Social Regulation” group of the Weizenbaum Institute and a PhD candidate at the Department of Social Sciences of Humboldt University of Berlin. He is also director of the social analytics platform and lecturer in digital sociology at the Catholic University of Chile.

His doctoral research focuses on how Wikipedia frames information about human beings. By analyzing large datasets of biographies from the encyclopedia, he studies geopolitical inequalities of digital memory, social conditions that favor the concentration of knowledge, and theories about the power of digital platforms.

Pablo is a sociologist with a background in humanities and computational social science. He holds a master’s degree in sociology from the Catholic University of Chile and a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Chile. His doctoral research is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Chilean National Agency for Research and Development (ANID).

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Research Fellow:

Research Group “Quantification and Social Regulation

15 November 2021 - 30 June 2022

Fields of research

  • Digital Memory
  • Digital Discourse
  • Open Knowledge
  • Knowledge Biases
  • Platform Power


  • Quantification and Social Regulation
  • Dissertation: “A Digital Setting of Human History. Social Memory and Discursive Power in the Biographical Storage of Wikipedia”.



Beytía, Pablo & Claudia Wagner (forthcoming). Visibility Layers: A Framework for Facing the Complexity of the Gender Gap in Wikipedia Content. Internet Policy Review (accepted).

Beytía, Pablo, Pushkal Agarwal, Miriam Redi and Vivek Singh (forthcoming). Visual Gender Biases in Wikipedia: A Systematic Evaluation across the Ten Most Spoken Languages (accepted in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Web and Social Media - ICWSM).

Beytía, Pablo & Janosch Schobin (2020). Networked Pantheon: a Relational Database of Globally Famous People. Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol. 5.

Beytía, Pablo & Carlos Cruz Infante (2020). Digital Pathways, Pandemic Trajectories. Using Google Trends to Track Social Responses to COVID-19. HIIG Discussion Paper Series, 2020-01.

Beytía, Pablo (2020). The Positioning Matters. Estimating Geographical Bias in the Multilingual Record of Biographies on Wikipedia, Companion Proceedings of the Web Conference 2020, April 20-24, 2020, Taipei, Taiwan

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU)