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Recent Publications

Announcing the Bulletin of Technology & Public Life

Today, we’re excited to launch the Bulletin of Technology and Public Life! Built on PubPub’s open-source platform, the Bulletin is an online library of research on mis- and disinformation, platforms, networks, infrastructure, and political processes. We hope that the Bulletin … Continued

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Francesca Tripodi on anti-immigration YouTube networks

Define American recently released a new report, “’Immigration Will Destroy Us’ and Other Talking Points.” It describes how popular anti-immigration YouTube videos frame the issue and their influence on offline conversations and perceptions. One section, co-authored by Francesca Tripodi, Shauna … Continued

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How mis- and disinformation spread in Asian diasporas

The bulk of research on mis- and disinformation studies English-language cases and communities—but we know that identity plays an important role in how we consume, interpret, and share information. In a piece for the HKS Misinformation Review, Sarah Nguyen, Rachel … Continued

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How QAnon constructs alternate facts

How does QAnon build and elaborate on its core theory? Alice Marwick and William Partin released a preprint of “Constructing Alternative Facts: Populist Expertise and the QAnon Conspiracy,” exploring QAnon as a participatory culture and digging into how Anons build … Continued

Research Topics

The Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) is an initiative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill dedicated to researching, understanding, and responding to the growing impact of the internet, social media, and other forms of digital information sharing.

  • Deen Freelon: political expression through digital media, data science and computational methods for analyzing large digital datasets
  • Daniel Kreiss: impact of technological change on the public sphere and political practice
  • Alice Marwick: social, political and cultural implications of popular social media technologies
  • Zeynep Tufekci: social movements and civics, privacy and surveillance, social interaction, big data, algorithmic decision making
  • Gary Marchionini: human-information interaction, interface design and testing, and digital libraries
  • David Ardia: impact of new information technologies on law and society, legal and social effects on government and private intermediaries, role of government and private intermediaries in shaping speech
  • Tori Ekstrand: hot news doctrine and its impact in the age of Big Data

CITAP Digital Politics

Platforms and digital media have fundamentally changed electoral politics. Launched in January 2020, offers a set of resources for analyzing how platforms, law, and ethics shape the ways campaigns communicate with voters.

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Watch and Learn

Watch these talks by CITAP investigators to learn more about their research and findings.













Long-form Content

For additional books and public reports, go the CITAP People page and link to each faculty member’s homepage.


The Filter Map report cover
The Filter Map (2018 Knight) by Deen Freelon


Book cover of Twitter and Tear Gas by Zeynep Tufecki
Twitter and Tear Gas (Yale 2017) by Zeynep Tufekci


Cover for Media Manipulation Report by Alice Marwick
Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online (Data & Society 2017) by Alice Marwick and Rebecca Lewis


Book cover of Prototype Politics by Daniel Kreiss
Prototype Politics (Oxford 2016) by Daniel Kreiss