updates and ideas from the D&S community and beyond
Ongoing: Propaganda and Media Manipulation workshop; apply by Feb 15.
Around the Institute
Online Harassment, Digital Abuse
In the current political and social climate, online harassment and abuse are topics that remain uncomfortably in the forefront of conversations around the uneven effects of networked technologies and information flows.
Data & Society and the Center for Innovative Public Health Research have conducted an 18-month study of online harassment and abuse among Americans 15 and older. Our study has produced four reports, each examining a different dynamic: online harassment, nonconsensual image sharing, a backgrounder on current social media trends, and – new today – digital abuse between current and former romantic partners.
As always, we welcome your feedback.
Ad Tech, Watson and Ethics
“One pitfall I see is that it’s easy from a social science perspective to condemn all data science as evil…but that ultimately doesn’t help advance the situation.” D&S advisor Claudia Perlich discusses modeling, transparency, and machine learning in a new episode of the Partially Derivative podcast.
Listen? Listen. Listen!
And new episodes of the D&S podcast are up at listen.datasociety.net! including Bruce Schneier’s recent security and privacy talk. (They’re also available on iTunes and Google Play.)
Suppressed Images: Picturing Chelsea
D&S artist-in-residence Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s graphic short story, illustrated by Shoili Kanungo, relates her collaboration with Chelsea Manning on the artwork Radical Love, which involved creating portraits of Manning based on DNA extracts.
Student Privacy, Equity, and Digital Literacy
It looks like you like newsletters! Check out our Enabling Connected Learning project’s joint newsletter with the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Klein Center. The first newsletter of the new year can be found here.
Around the Around
Trump’s Anti-Immigration Rhetoric Fuels Data Concerns
“My concern is that right now there is a lot of fear and speculation,” [Monica] Bulger said. “In an anti-immigrant environment, any data can become fair game to penalize families.” —Benjamin Herold