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The Markup

The Shadows of Removed Posts Are Hiding in Plain Sight on Reddit

Sameer Hinduja explains the implications of a security flaw on Reddit that allow removed posts to continue to be viewed.

Dec 16, 2021
NiemanLab

Leave fact-checking to the fact-checkers

In Nieman Lab's predictions for journalism in 2022, Jonas Kaiser explores the need for fact-checking — and who should be doing it.

Dec 15, 2021
NiemanLab

A prayer for a humbler media

In the Nieman Lab's predictions for journalism in 2022, j. Siguru Wahutu expresses hope for a humbler media ecosystem.

Dec 15, 2021
Prospect

How to fix the internet

Ethan Zuckerman points to a mailing list in rural Vermont as a potential way forward for a more equitable Internet. "We need people to take…

Dec 9, 2021
VICE News

Why You Should Be Worried About Facebook's Metaverse

Jessica Fjeld and other experts reflect on the apparent dangers of Facebook's Metaverse.

Dec 7, 2021
Centre for International Governance Innovation

Why a Little-Known Blockchain-Based Identity Project in Ethiopia Should Concern Us All

Elizabeth Renieris assesses a national ID scheme developing in Ethiopia amid the country’s civil war.

Dec 7, 2021
New Media & Society

Does Godwin’s law (rule of Nazi analogies) apply in observable reality? An empirical study of selected words in 199 million Reddit posts

Godwin's Law states that the likelihood of referencing Nazis increases as online discussions grow. But after analyzing nearly 200 million Reddit posts, Dariusz Jemielniak and…

Dec 7, 2021
The University of Chicago Law Review

What is Privacy? That's the Wrong Question

Woodrow Hartzog writes that “Privacy is still a concept in disarray. But that’s okay."

Nov 24, 2021
metaLAB (at) Harvard

#MeToo Anti-Network

A metaLAB (at) Harvard project illustrates how a movement such as #MeToo is constituted by masses of unobserved tweets.

Nov 23, 2021
OpenGlobalRights

What a datafied worldview means for human rights

Juan Ortiz Freuler sketches the challenges of datafication for human rights.

Nov 22, 2021
Money Reimagined

New Money and Contemporary Capitalism

Patrick Murck discusses the potential for cryptocurrencies to help shift into an abundance mindset.

Nov 19, 2021
Future

Decentralized Identity: Your Reputation Travels With You

Jad Esber and a colleague explore reputation systems in web3.

Nov 18, 2021
Just Tech

Trends in Mobile Journalism: Bearing Witness, Building Movements, and Crafting Counternarratives

Allissa Richardson examines how African American mobile journalism became a model for marginalized people’s political communication across the United States.

Nov 17, 2021
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Why Online Anonymity Matters

Afsaneh Rigot writes that requirements for real identities on the Internet pose immense safety and security issues — especially for marginalized persons.

Nov 9, 2021
Rest of World

Why the rest of the world shrugged at the Facebook Papers

evelyn douek offers an explanation for why the Facebook Papers have failed to make as much of an impact internationally.

Nov 9, 2021
Information, Communication & Society

The decolonial turn in data and technology research: what is at stake and where is it heading?

Nick Couldry and Ulises Ali Mejias trace a trend in research that focuses on how society is transformed by data extraction for profit.

Nov 9, 2021
Civic Source

Silos! Silos everywhere!

Katya Abazajian writes about the difficulties that arise when government agencies are reluctant to share information with each other.

Nov 8, 2021
Civic Source

Silos! Silos everywhere!

Katya Abazajian writes about the difficulties that arise when government agencies are reluctant to share information with each other.

Nov 8, 2021
The Conversation

Facebook has a misinformation problem, and is blocking access to data about how much there is and who is affected

Ethan Zuckerman points out room for improvement in Facebook's openness to misinformation research.

Nov 2, 2021
NiemanLab

Facebook is blocking access to data about how much misinformation it spreads and who is affected

Ethan Zuckerman writes that social media companies must become more open to outside research to tackle misinformation.

Nov 2, 2021