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Lost and Found

Aleks Krotoski explores whether people are more likely to find what they have lost using online social networks.

From lost cameras, dogs, cats, phones and people, we are turning to the web to find what we have lost. Aleks explores whether you are more likely to find what you've lost using online social networks? Are we as connected as we think we are? Or does it make more sense to step out of the digital world and search with the help of physical social networks?

Produced by Kate Bissell.

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30 minutes

Professor Nicole Ellison

Professor Nicole Ellison
Professor Nicole Ellison works at The University of Michigan.  She has published seminal social science research about social networks and how information spreads around them.

Clare Owen

Clare Owen

After a three year quest to find the owner of a ring she found outside a football stadium in Sunderland, Clare was inspired to found Lostbox an online lost- and –found service. 

Johan Ugander

Johan Ugander

Johan Ugander is from the University of Stanford and when not climbing the mountains in Northern Alaska he is studying social network theory, both on and off line.

Roshan Varma

Roshan Varma

Richard Walker

Richard Walker

Fiona Wise

Fiona Wise

In December 2014 Fiona’s son Owen was still born.  In the hours after his birth Fiona and her husband took some very precious photos on her mobile phone.  But in May 2015 she lost her phone in a supermarket in her home town in Australia. She then posted an appeal on Facebook to try and get it back.  Here she is with her daughter Olive.

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