How “information gerrymandering” influences voters

Study analyzes how networks can distort voters’ perceptions and change election results.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | Sept. 4, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: politics voting-and-elections behavioral-economics game-theory networks research social-media technology-and-society film-and-television government political-science sloan-school-of-management


Want to squelch fake news? Let the readers take charge

Study shows audience judgments can identify online misinformation.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | Jan. 28, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research sloan-school-of-management politics social-media technology-and-society

In China, a link between happiness and air quality

Moods expressed on social media tend to decline when air pollution gets worse, study finds.

Helen Knight | MIT News correspondent | Jan. 21, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: urban-studies-and-planning school-of-architecture-and-planning china asia social-media earth-and-atmospheric-sciences research environment pollution cities mental-health

Why some Wikipedia disputes go unresolved

Study identifies reasons for unsettled editing disagreements and offers predictive tools that could improve deliberation.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office | Nov. 6, 2018 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: research machine-learning data internet crowdsourcing social-media technology-and-society computer-science-and-technology computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs school-of-engineering

Celebrating 21st century statistics | MIT News

MIT Statistics and Data Science Conference highlights new approaches and varied applications.

Scott Murray | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society | May 8, 2018
~5 mins |

Tags:  statistics  data  idss  special-events-and-guest-speakers  research  social-media  artificial-intelligence  economics  algorithms  electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs  school-of-engineering

Featured video: On alien typos and self-care, in conversation with Seth Meyers | MIT News

Grad student Jonny Sun jokes on late-night TV about his alien persona and the unique challenges of working on a PhD while creating a graphic novel.

MIT News Office | May 3, 2018
~2 mins |

Tags:  students  urban-studies-and-planning  featured-video  twitter  graduate-postdoctoral  books-and-authors  social-media  school-of-architecture-and-planning  diversity-and-inclusion

Using friends to fight online harassment | MIT News

CSAIL’s “Squadbox” uses “friendsourcing” to better support targets of cyberbullying.

Adam Conner-Simons | Rachel Gordon | CSAIL | April 5, 2018
~5 mins |

Tags:  research  social-media  crowdsourcing  technology-and-society  computer-science-and-technology  electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs  computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail  school-of-engineering  internet

Study: On Twitter, false news travels faster than true stories | MIT News

Research project finds humans, not bots, are primarily responsible for spread of misleading information.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | March 8, 2018
~8 mins |

Tags:  sloan-school-of-management  media-lab  politics  social-media  research  school-of-architecture-and-planning  technology-and-society

Political Methodology Lab to dig deep into new kinds of data | MIT News

Founder Teppei Yamamoto designs new tools to comprehend political behavior transformed by digital technology.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science | Feb. 15, 2018
~7 mins |

Tags:  shass  political-science  big-data  social-media  voting-and-elections  social-sciences  research  government  technology-and-society  behavior  democracy  politics  policy

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