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Data & SocietyWeaponizing the Digital Influence Machine: The Political Perils of Online Ad Tech identifies the technologies, conditions, and tactics that enable today’s digital advertising infrastructure to be weaponized by political and anti-democratic actors. Read moreOctober 2018
Feminist Media StudiesAlice Marwick and Robyn Caplan identify the networked elements of online harassment. Read on Feminist Media StudiesMarch 2018
SlateData & Society Researcher Jacob Metcalf co-authored an op-ed in Slate discussing how giving researchers more access to Facebook users' data could prevent unethical data mining. "This case raises numerous complicated ethica... Read on SlateMarch 2018
PointsIn “Are There Limits to Online Free Speech?” D&S fellow Alice Marwick argues against simplistic binaries pitting free speech against censorship, looking at how the tech industry’s historic commitment to freedom of speech fa... Read on PointsJanuary 2017
Data & SocietyResearchers who investigate sensitive topics may face online harassment, social shaming, or other networked forms of abuse. In addition to potential impacts on the researcher’s reputation and mental health, fear of harassment m... Read moreOctober 2016
CultureDigitally.orgD&S Advisor Tarleton Gillespie responds to Gizmodo's recent piece alleging bias in Facebook's Trending Topics list. He argues that information algorithms like the ones used to identify “trends” on Facebook do not work alone... Read on CultureDigitally.orgMay 2016
Vice“Just as the software and hardware of the internet has been militarized by the imperatives of a mostly secret 'cyberwar,' so too are online social spaces being weaponized in new and mostly hidden ways.” D&S researcher Tim Hw... Read on ViceSeptember 2015