Trying to read the ‘mind of a group’ shapes our decisions online

When we try to make decisions in a group, our predictions about how the "mind of the group" will react to our actions shape what we choose, researchers say.

U. Washington | Dec. 5, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture artificial-intelligence decisions internet social-lives social-media

Meet the early internet’s black ‘vanguard’

A new book explains how black users shaped the early internet and how things have changed in the age of social media.

Eileen Reynolds-NYU | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture history internet journalism political-activism race-and-ethnicity social-media

Teens are terrible at spotting fact vs. fiction online

A new report paints a dismal picture of digital literacy among teens. "If the results can be summarized in a single word, I would say they're troubling."

Carrie Spector-Stanford | Nov. 21, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture democracy education internet social-media teenagers united-states

Parents on Reddit skirt shame with ‘throwaways’

"Throwaway" accounts offer parents on Reddit a way to ask about tough topics. Posts from throwaways even tend to be more popular.

Laurel Thomas-Michigan | Nov. 13, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture internet parents shame social-media stigma

Cynical voices online cut trust in journalism

Our trust in journalism can take a real hit because of cynical views online, research suggests.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture internet journalism politics social-lives social-media trust

In 2016, top GOP candidates used this Twitter strategy

The last two Republicans standing in the 2016 presidential primaries were Trump and Kasich. A trove of Twitter data shows they employed the same strategy.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo | Oct. 29, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture elections politics rhetoric social-media twitter

Privacy and security threats lurk in these everyday choices

"We provide online service, app, and content providers with detailed information about our whereabouts, our thoughts, our feelings, our moods, and our life patterns."

Boston University | Oct. 28, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology society-and-culture crimes hackers internet mobile-devices privacy security social-media

Fake news is no match for big brands

Consumers' skepticism about "fake news" may help them sniff out suspicious online stories about brands, research finds.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Oct. 16, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture branding consumers internet social-media

Can social media predict when you’ll die?

Social media data can reveal all sorts of health info, but could it also predict your death? In this video, an expert weighs in on whether it's possible.

Boston University | Oct. 1, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine science-and-technology algorithms death internet prediction social-media

Free BotSlayer tool fights bad info online

Download and try BotSlayer, an open-source tool that helps political campaigns and journalists sort truth from fiction online.

Kevin Fryling-Indiana | Sept. 15, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture algorithms internet politics social-media software twitter

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