How “information gerrymandering” influences voters

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

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

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

Want to squelch fake news? Let the readers take charge

Study shows audience judgments can identify online misinformation.

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

Tags: social-media politics research sloan-school-of-management 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 • mit
Jan. 21, 2019 ~6 min

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

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 • mit
Nov. 6, 2018 ~9 min

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

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 • mit
May 8, 2018 ~5 min

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

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 • mit
May 3, 2018 ~2 min

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

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 • mit
April 5, 2018 ~5 min

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

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 • mit
March 8, 2018 ~8 min

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

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