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Political Identity & Belief Gaps

October 19, 2021

In a new article for the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Shannon McGregor and her co-authors Magdalena Saldaña and Tom Johnson explore the relationships among political identity, education, and the prevalence of false beliefs about topics that have become … Continued

Dis/Organizing Toolkit

October 8, 2021

Organizing is all about relationships , but getting people together can be messy, especially when people have different and uneven material relationships to labor and work. — Rachel Kuo and Lorelei Lee CITAP welcomes the publication of the Dis/Organizing Toolkit, … Continued

Analyzing tech policy discussions in the UK and US

September 3, 2021

In a new paper, Bridget Barrett, Katharine Dommett, and Daniel Kreiss conduct a comparative analysis of policy discourse in the United States and the United Kingdom. Barrett, Dommett, and Kreiss find that despite the growing emphasis on technological threats to society, much … Continued

ReOpen demands as public health threat

September 3, 2021

In the absence of a coordinated national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, state and local authorities were faced with the challenge of creating and enforcing individualized plans to protect their communities, while simultaneously fighting the spread of false information. In … Continued

State Regulation of Election-Related Speech in the U.S.

August 5, 2021

Today, the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy, in partnership with the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP), published a research report titled State Regulation of Election-Related Speech in the U.S.: An Overview and Comparative Analysis. The report … 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

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

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