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Recent Publications

Communication Theory & Racial Reckoning

In a new book review in Communication Theory, Daniel Kreiss highlights the significant contribution of three recent books to communication theory and research: Distributed Blackness: African American cybercultures, by André Brock Jr. #HashtagActivism: Networks of race and gender justice, by … Continued

Dis/Organizing Toolkit

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

New Publication: Analyzing tech policy discussions in the UK and US

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

New Publication: ReOpen demands as public health threat

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

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 themes

Coding inequality

New technologies frequently recreate and reinvent historical inequalities. We explore the interplay of technology and bias and contextualize the effects of new platforms in light of broader social, economic, and political shifts. Our work on inequality includes research into “the boys’ club” in the political technology field, how “the hustle economy’s” definition of entrepreneurship represents a predatory form of inclusion for women of color.

Featured work

image of The Hustle Economy as displayed on the Dissent Magazine website
Tressie McMillan Cottom, “The Hustle Economy,” Dissent Magazine
Screen shot of "Americans are too Worried about Political Misinformation" as it was published on the Slate website
Shannon McGregor & Daniel Kreiss, “Americans Are Too Worried About Political Misinformation,” Slate.
image of Ms. Categorized paper as published at New Media & Society
Francesca Tripodi, “Ms. Categorized: Gender, notability, and inequality on Wikipedia,” New Media & Society

Networked publics

Social media enable new forms of collaboration and connection. We study how people come together, coordinate, organize, and move on- and offline. Research on digitally-organized protest movements, the origins and uses of hashtags for social movements, and the differences in how opposing political movements operate on social media paint a more complete picture of public life as it plays out online.

Featured work

Book cover of Twitter and Tear Gas by Zeynep Tufecki
Zeynep Tufekci, Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest
Cover of the Beyond the Hashtags report
Deen Freelon, Charleton D. McIlwain, & Meredith D. Clark, “Beyond the Hashtags: #Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter, and the online struggle for offline justice”
Image of the "False Equivalencies" report as printed in Science Magazine
Deen Freelon, Alice Marwick, & Daniel Kreiss, “False Equivalencies: Online activism from left to right,” Science
Image of Morally Motivated Networked Harassment paper as printed in Social Media + Society
Alice Marwick, “Morally Motivated Networked Harassment as Normative Reinforcement,” Social Media + Society

Identity & disinformation

Social media amplifies content that triggers strong emotion, while political discourse increasingly appeals to audience identity. Our research examines how mis- and disinformation play on deeper social narratives.

Featured work

Cover of CDS Syllabus
Alice Marwick, Rachel Kuo, Shanice Cameron, & Moira Weigel, Critical Disinformation Studies: A Syllabus
Screen shot of "Americans are too Worried about Political Misinformation" as it was published on the Slate website
Shannon McGregor & Daniel Kreiss, “Americans Are Too Worried About Political Misinformation,” Slate.
Screen shot of the article "QAnon shows the age of alternative facts will not end with Trump" as published on the CJR website
Alice Marwick & Will Partin, “QAnon shows that the age of alternative facts will not end with Trump,” Columbia Journalism Review
Cover of the "Searching for Alternative Facts" report
Francesca Tripodi, “Searching for Alternative Facts: Analyzing Scriptural Inference in Conservative News Practices,” Data & Society

Platform Governance

Given the significant role social platforms play in politics and journalism, we consider how technology companies amplify and regulate user speech, set and enforce internal policies, and how these decisions shape public discourse.

Featured work

Illustration with U.S. map, computer, and web address.
CITAP Digital Politics resources
Image of "How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump" as published on the MIT Technology Review site
Zeynep Tufekci, “How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump,” MIT Technology Review
Screenshot of "The Arbiters of what our voters see" article as published
Daniel Kreiss & Shannon McGregor, “The ‘Arbiters of What Our Voters See’: Facebook and Google’s struggle with policy, process, and enforcement around political advertising,” Political Communication