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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Studying people, politics, and platforms at the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life
Created 09 Sep 2020
  • A review and a provocation
    01 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    CITAP at APSA At the American Political Science Association (APSA) annual meeting, Shannon McGregor and Daniel Kreiss presented “A Review and a Provocation: on Polarization.” They challenged researche...
  • Is polarization a problem?
    24 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    The UNC Program for Public Discourse recently hosted a discussion on “Democracy and Public Discourse” featuring faculty spanning political science, history, and psychology. CITAP senior faculty resear...
  • Tech & democracy: what are we solving for?
    13 Sep 2021 • 1 min read
    What democratic ideals are we trying to protect when we regulate technology platforms? As we covered in last week’s update, Bridget Barrett, Kate Dommett, and Daniel Kreiss explored this question in t...
  • ReOpen groups, utopian citizens, & the disconnects between policy and practice
    03 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    Reading ReOpen From April 2020 – December 2020, Francesca Tripodi conducted ethnographic observations of the public Facebook groups devoted to reopening the US that began forming in response to the cl...
  • (butterfly meme) *is this transparency?*
    27 Aug 2021 • 1 min read
    Last week, Facebook released a report summarizing the most widely-viewed content as shared on the site between April and June of 2021. It’s odd. Alice Marwick and Shannon McGregor each sat down with w...
  • Imagining a better internet—and democracy
    20 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    Where do we go from here? I think it's really important that we understand that the actions that we may take as individuals should not preclude systemic action. I think it's really a both and type sit...
  • What does tech owe democracy?
    06 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    This week on Does Not Compute, Daniel Kreiss answered this question in conversation with former Facebook employee Katie Harbath and CITAP’s own Tressie McMillan Cottom. They talked about the role of “...
  • An Internet powered by screams?
    30 Jul 2021 • 2 min read
    This week on Does Not Compute Disinformation is social—it’s designed for sharing, to draw bright lines between “us” and some other “them.” To do that, disinformation campaigns mess with our emotions. ...
  • Identity & Propaganda
    23 Jul 2021 • 2 min read
    After a week without a newsletter, we have a packed lineup of podcast episodes, new publications, and great opportunities to share with you. The latest from Does Not Compute Episode 4: What You Think ...
  • Measurements that matter
    09 Jul 2021 • 1 min read
    New Publication: Meaningful measures of human society in the twenty-first century How should social science make use of the vast new stores of data generated by modern technologies? Last week in Natur...
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