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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

Our approach

At CITAP, we recognize that effective analysis of technology platforms and information systems requires

  • A holistic approach grounded in history, society, culture, and politics
  • Analyzing how social differences—including race and ethnicity, gender, class, and sexual identity—shapes unequal information ecosystem dynamics
  • Prioritizing questions of power, institutions, and economic, social, cultural, and technological structures
  • Making clear foundational commitments to equality and justice

Research topics

Political processes

Technological tools increasingly interact with our political systems and changes how society thinks about politics. Our work addresses political mechanisms like elections, digital advertising, and communication to better understand these shifts and what they mean for the political landscape.

Featured work

icon of a paper with writing Black Trolls Matter: Racial and Ideological Asymmetries in Social Media Disinformation

by Deen Freelon, Michael Bossetta, Chris Wells, Josephine Lukito, Yiping Xia, and Kirsten Adams

in Social Science Computer Review

icon of a paper with writing Analyzing online political discussion using three models of democratic communication

by Deen Freelon

in New Media & Society

icon of a paper with writing Political identity ownership: Symbolic contests to represent members of the public

by Daniel Kreiss, Shannon McGregor, and Regina Lawrence

in Social Media + Society

icon of a web browser displaying a website CITAP Digital Politics resources

 

Democracy & equality

The rise of digital communication simultaneously poses threats and offers promise to democracies worldwide. We explore the ways in which democratic practices and equality evolve alongside rapid societal and technological change.

Featured work

icon of a paper with writing Racial justice activist hashtags: Counterpublics and discourse circulation

by Rachel Kuo

in New Media & Society

icon of a paper with writing Talking Politics on Twitter: Gender, Elections, and Social Networks

by Shannon McGregor and Rachel R Mourão

in Social Media + Society

icon of a book Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest

by Zeynep Tufekci

 

Mis- & disinformation

False and low-quality information sources generate revenue and power for their creators while undermining public trust. CITAP research seeks to understand how mis- and disinformation campaigns are created and spread and how they can be counteracted.

Featured work

icon of a paper with writing Identity propaganda: Racial narratives and disinformation

by Madhavi Reddi, Rachel Kuo, and Daniel Kreiss

in New Media & Society

icon of a paper with writing Why Do People Share Fake News? A Sociotechnical Model of Media Effects

by Alice Marwick

in Georgetown Law Technology Review

icon of a paper with writing Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online

by Becca Lewis and Alice Marwick

published by Data & Society

Critical Disinformation Studies: A Syllabus

by Alice Marwick, Rachel Kuo, Shanice Cameron, & Moira Weigel

Platforms, networks, & infrastructure

The design and operation of communication technologies influence power dynamics and shape our society. CITAP explores these dynamics through studies of various platforms as infrastructure.

Featured work

icon of a paper with writing Ms. Categorized: Gender, notability, and inequality on Wikipedia

by Francesca Tripodi

in New Media & Society

icon of a paper with writing Where Platform Capitalism and Racial Capitalism Meet: The Sociology of Race and Racism in the Digital Society

by Tressie McMillan Cottom

in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

icon of a paper with writing Searching for Alternative Facts: Analyzing Scriptural Inference in Conservative News Practices

by Francesca Tripodi

published by Data & Society