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Join CITAP: Call for 2022-23 affiliate community!

May 2, 2022

The Center for Information, Technology, & Public Life (CITAP) is accepting applications for research affiliates for the 2022-2023 academic year. The affiliate program allows CITAP to support and promote excellent research that’s aligned with our own research topics and values, … Continued

Zeynep Tufekci on Covid what-ifs

March 11, 2022

As the Covid pandemic enters its third year, Zeynep Tufekci looked back at the lessons of the past two years for The New York Times. To examine these questions is to uncover a brutal truth: Much suffering was avoidable, again … Continued

Daniel Johnson on Ukraine as the “most documented war”

March 8, 2022

CITAP student affiliate Daniel Johnson spoke with ABC News about the role of social media in documenting the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the unprecedented speed of information updates. “For the first time in history, a large-scale account of war … Continued

Tressie McMillan Cottom on crypto

February 7, 2022

In her New York Times column, Tressie McMillan Cottom explored cryptocurrency, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and their current appeal. The Strange Allure of the Blockchain – the series starts with a summary of the blockchain and its widespread popularity: What fascinates … Continued

Deen Freelon on Racialized Disinformation

February 5, 2022

ABC News covered how extremists target Black communities with disinformation designed to reduce their political voice and trust in institutions. The piece drew in part on Deen Freelon’s work: The Russian trolls that spread disinformation during the 2016 election, as … Continued

Daniel Kreiss on the Personalization of Politics

January 30, 2022

Daniel Kreiss spoke with The Boston Globe about Mayor Michelle Wu’s use of Twitter in office and how it illustrates a broader trend in politics and social media. “What social media does is give politicians access to audiences in a … Continued

Francesca Tripodi on the Capitol Riot

January 28, 2022

Francesca Tripodi and affiliate Rebecca Lewis spoke with Josh Braun about the January 6, 2020 attack on the U.S. Capitol and how the riot changes our understanding of media effects. What you’ll see, from Bill O’Reilly all the way up … Continued

Shannon McGregor on Deplatforming

January 20, 2022

On “Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins,” broadcast by WFAE, Shannon McGregor joined NPR tech correspondent Shannon Bond and Check My Ads co-founder Nandini Jammi to talk about social media companies’ use of deplatforming users who violate their policies. These social … Continued

Zeynep Tufekci on pandemic policy

January 18, 2022

The New York Times‘s Ezra Klein interviewed Zeynep Tufekci about Omicron, vaccination, and public policy responses to Covid. They dug into the question of policy failures and missed opportunities in responding to the pandemic: So there’s a world in which … Continued

Daniel Kreiss on responding to January 6

January 6, 2022

Writing on Medium, Daniel Kreiss reflects on what researchers must do differently after January 6, 2021. Only by acknowledging that January 6th was political violence, with political objectives, can we start to address the underlying tensions in our political community. … Continued