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Announcing the 2021-22 CITAP affiliate community

August 2, 2021

The Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) is pleased to welcome its 2021-2022 cohort of faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate student affiliates. This year’s affiliates represent institutions spanning the Research Triangle and the globe, including North Carolina Central University, … Continued

Measurements that matter

July 7, 2021

How should social science make use of the vast new stores of data generated by modern technologies? Last week in Nature, Deen Freelon and his co-authors David Lazer, Eszter Hargittai, Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, Kevin Munger, Katherine Ognyanova, & Jason Radford grappled … Continued

Removing women from Wikipedia

June 29, 2021

Women are disproportionately subject to erroneous nominations for deletion from Wikipedia. Dr. Francesca Tripodi gathered data on articles that were flagged for removal under the site’s notability requirements but were ultimately found to be notable and not deleted. She found … Continued

Announcing Does Not Compute

June 22, 2021

Does Not Compute is a new podcast from CITAP about technology, people, and power. Technology — even when “sufficiently advanced” — isn’t magic. Algorithms aren’t spells cast by programmers. When we imbue tech with mystical powers, we lose sight of … Continued

Morally Motivated Networked Harassment as Normative Reinforcement

June 4, 2021

This week, Alice Marwick published a new piece in Social Media & Society. “Morally Motivated Networked Harassment as Normative Reinforcement” explores how communities band together to reinforce their shared moral norms by harassing perceived violations of those norms. She sums … Continued

Call for 2021-22 CITAP affiliates

April 23, 2021

Should you be a part of the CITAP affiliate community? We’re now accepting applications for accepting applications for both Faculty and Graduate Student Affiliates for the 2021-2022 academic year. Affiliates can come from a broad range of academic and research … Continued

Power in Ideas

April 9, 2021

CITAP celebrates the release of Power in Ideas, by Kirsten Adams and Daniel Kreiss. The book offers three case studies on how ideas emerge, acquire legitimacy, travel across fields, and ultimately become powerful in political communication. They trace the histories … Continued

Launching the Critical Disinformation Syllabus

March 25, 2021

Many of the stories that pundits, journalists, and scholars tell about disinformation begin with the 2016 US presidential election and focus on the role of social media platforms in spreading and generating false content. At their worst, these narratives imply … Continued