Does 'deplatforming' work to curb hate speech and calls for violence? 3 experts in online communications weigh in

Banning extremists from social media platforms can reduce hate speech, but the deplatforming process has to be handled with care – and it can have unintended consequences.

Ugochukwu Etudo, Assistant Professor of Operations and Information Management, University of Connecticut • conversation
yesterday ~10 min

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Trump's Twitter ban obscures the real problem: state-backed manipulation is rampant on social media

Social media censorship in the US fails to tackle the rising trend of ‘disinformation-for-hire’ cyber troops.

Hannah Bailey, PhD researcher in Social Data Science, University of Oxford • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~7 min

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Big Tech's rejection of Parler shuts down a site favored by Trump supporters – and used by participants in the US Capitol insurrection

Millions of supporters of Donald Trump flocked to the far-right social media platform, where hate speech and calls for violence thrive. The US Capitol insurrection could be the platform's undoing.

Alex Newhouse, Research Lead, Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism, Middlebury Institute of International Studies • conversation
Jan. 12, 2021 ~12 min

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Far-right activists on social media telegraphed violence weeks in advance of the attack on the US Capitol

Trump supporters openly discussed forcing Congress and Vice President Pence to overturn the election results.

Alex Newhouse, Research Lead, Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism, Middlebury Institute of International Studies • conversation
Jan. 8, 2021 ~8 min

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Refugees are at risk from dystopian 'smart border' technology

Fears over the sinister side of artificial intelligence have become reality

Emre Eren Korkmaz, Researcher, University of Oxford • conversation
Dec. 8, 2020 ~6 min

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How Biden and Kerry could rebuild America's global climate leadership

Choosing former Secretary of State John Kerry as climate envoy is an important first step. To regain trust, the U.S. will also have to take concrete actions to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions.

Morgan Bazilian, Professor of Public Policy and Director, Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines • conversation
Nov. 24, 2020 ~8 min

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'I won the election' – how powerful people use lousy lies to twist reality

Lying can be more than just telling a few fibs. It can also be used to communicate social status and make a person appear loyal to a particular group.

Mikael Klintman, Professor of Sociology, Lund University • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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7 things President-elect Biden can achieve on health care

From expanding children's coverage to reducing surprise bills, Biden and lawmakers may be able to broaden health care access.

Simon F. Haeder, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Penn State • conversation
Nov. 16, 2020 ~8 min

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When scientific journals take sides during an election, the public's trust in science takes a hit

When the scientific establishment gets involved in partisan politics, surveys suggest, there are unintended consequences – especially for conservatives.

Stylianos Syropoulos, PhD Student in Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~6 min

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On environmental protection, Biden's election will mean a 180-degree turn from Trump policies

The Trump administration has used executive orders, deregulation and delays to reduce environmental regulation. Biden administration officials will use many of the same tools to undo their work.

Janet McCabe, Professor of Practice of Law, Indiana University • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~6 min

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