Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, has co-edited a volume exploring the field of social media research with Nathaniel Persily, co-director of the Stanford Cyber Policy Center. The text chronicles the recent explosion of research at the intersection of social media and democracy — and the resulting new field that brings together political scientists, economists, psychologists, communication scholars, and other researchers from different corners of academia. The book, out September 2020, will be published by Cambridge University Press. Click through to read the final chapter, which details the legal barriers preventing access to key social media datasets, and the ethical quandaries [...]
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Judy Zhang firstname.lastname@example.org Personal Website Judy is the Designer/Illustrator for the Center for Social Media and Politics, and is responsible for the center's graphic design, illustration, and website management needs. She is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science, as well as Photography and Imaging at New York University. Her interests include photojournalism, natural language processing, and web design.
In recent months, the global COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by an infodemic, exposing shortcomings not only in the diffusion of high quality information through online networks, but also in our understanding of who is most susceptible to believing false and misleading information during times of crisis. With the support of the NSF RAPID Grant, we seek to study to study susceptibility to false and misleading news around COVID-19, as well as to test how the new pandemic environment impacts assessment of the veracity of news – both COVID-related and political – over the course of the 2020 election [...]
Richard Bonneau email@example.com Personal Site Google Scholar Biology, Computer Science, and Data Science Dr. Bonneau focuses on three main areas of data science: 1) systems biology, e.g. learning biological networks from genomics data, 2) designing and predicting protein and protein-mimetic molecular structure, and 3) computational social science with a focus on social network enabled science. In the area of genomics and systems biology he has played key roles in achieving critical field-wide milestones. In the area of structure prediction he was an initial author on the state-of-the art Rosetta code, which was the first code to demonstrate accurate [...]
We’re thrilled to announce that NYU’s Center for Social Media and Politics has received $400,000 from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, an organization that supports public charities and other organizations in areas such as journalism, voter protection, women in technology, veterans and military families. $350,000 is going to Center for Data Science PhD student support, and $50,000 is going towards Politics PhD student support.
We’ve launched a Medium publication! We’ll use the platform to bring you quick, digestible summaries of our published research (such as this one on echo chambers), thoughtful Q&As with our researchers (here’s our co-director, Joshua Tucker, on the future of social media research in the age of COVID-19), and broader insights from our growing community of researchers (here’s our framework for safeguarding researchers who study harmful content).
We wrote a piece for TechStream, a new publication by the Brookings Institution, about Russian Twitter troll activity ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Our research shows they adapted Cold War propaganda techniques to social media — a tactic we call cross-platform pre-propaganda, or pre-propaganda that exploits the interconnected nature of platforms.
How good are people at sifting out fake news? In a collaboration between the NYU Center for Social Media and Politics and the Stanford Cyber Policy Center (supported by the Hewlett Foundation), we investigate whether ordinary individuals in the United States who encounter news when it first appears online are able to identify whether it contains false or true information.
Washington Post Zeve Sanderson, Kevin Aslett, Will Godel, Nathaniel Persily, Jonathan Nagler, Richard Bonneau and Joshua Tucker April 7, 2020 How good are people at sifting out fake news? In a collaboration between the NYU Center for Social Media and Politics and the Stanford Cyber Policy Center (supported by the Hewlett Foundation), we’ve been investigating whether ordinary individuals...
CBS News June 27, 2019 As the 2016 U.S. election illustrated, social media has become a powerful tool for disinformation and propaganda. Today, the Philippines is center stage..