November 3, 2022
On Elon Musk’s Vision of Twitter as a Hive Mind
Assembly Fellow Joe Bak-Coleman digs into the idea of Twitter as a "collective, cybernetic super-intelligence."
October 15, 2022
Anthem of Misogyny
The War on Women in North Africa and the Middle East
In her new book Anthem of Misogyny, Visiting Scholar Ibtissam Bouachrine brings misogyny, including violent online content, to the center of debates about women in North Africa and the Middle East.
September 22, 2022
The Misinformation Paradox: Older Adults are Cynical about News Media, but Engage with It Anyway
In a study with coauthors Imani Munyaka and Eszter Hargittai, Visiting Scholar Elissa Redmiles finds that older adults who are cynical about media "continue to read and share news they distrust."
September 15, 2022
Digital assistants: Inequalities and social context of access, use, and perceptual understanding
Visiting scholar Yong Jin Park and colleagues argue that inequalities relating to digital assistants are both material and socio-cultural.
September 13, 2022
Collective wisdom in polarized groups
RSM Assembly Fellow Joe Bak-Coleman and colleagues develop and test a theoretical framework for understanding "the wisdom of the crowd" in polarized groups.
August 17, 2022
Announcing the 2022-23 RSM Assembly Fellows
Thirteen interdisciplinary professionals who will build new interfaces, implement novel protocols, and create additional artifacts that reimagine digital social space in service of democracy and the public interest.
August 9, 2022
Social media is polluting society. Moderation alone won’t fix the problem
"Treat social media companies as potential polluters of the social fabric, and directly measure and mitigate the effects their choices have on human populations," argue Assembly Fellow Nathaniel Lubin and coauthor Thomas Krendl Gilbert.
August 5, 2022
Exploring Social Media Contexts for Cultivating Connected Learning with Black Youth in Urban Communities: The Case of Dreamer Studio
Through digital ethnography, Visiting Scholar Jabari Evans explores outcomes of a hip-hop-based education program that aims to open music-related career pathways for Chicago youth.
August 1, 2022
The Audacity of Clout (Chasing): Digital Strategies of Black Youth in Chicago DIY Hip-Hop
Visiting scholar Jabari Evans and coauthor Nancy K. Baym explore and learn from the unique digital and cultural practices of Chicago's hip-hop scene.
May 10, 2022
The Tower and the Park: Structural Misalignments of Social Media
Join us for a special Berkman Klein Center Luncheon featuring RSM Strategy Advisor, Joanne Cheung, who will discuss her research and open access article, “Real Estate Politik: Democracy and the Financialization of Social Networks.”
April 12, 2022
Private Consciences and Public Companies: Whether and How to Work within Big Tech
Join us for an in-person panel discussion exploring the opportunities, challenges, and ethical considerations one may face when working in Big Tech.
March 2, 2022
The Technology Future We Want: Imagining Positive Futures for Social Media
This creative workshop will bring together a wide range of participants to consider the opportunities and risks of online communication, imagine the futures we want, and acknowledge the difficulty (and importance) of such explorations.