Canaries in the Coal Mine: COVID-19 Misinformation and Black Communities

Even as Black people are disproportionately dying from the virus due to systemic racism, harmful inaccuracies about COVID-19 are metastasizing in Black online spaces. Using multi-site digital ethnography, Shorenstein Center Fellow Brandi Collins-Dexter tracked and identified the spread of this disinformation, and makes recommendations on how to combat it.

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America's Economic Experience: The Reality of the Rural/Urban Divide

Divides – economic, racial, cultural, and educational, to name just a few – exist between communities across the country. But the perceived divide between rural and urban areas have been a lightning rod for our national conversation over the past…

Product Management and Public Interest: Summer Convening 2020

Join us for an engaging conversation and community building with other Product Managers in the Public Interest. This convening is open to Product Managers and those who are acting in the role of Product Managers in any field related to…

The Negative Consequences of Public Health Misinformation: Media Manipulation During the Pandemic

The Technology and Social Change Project’s (TaSC) Political Pandemonium 2020 is a series of four digital workshops exploring the harmful effects of media manipulation on our society. These gatherings will each focus on a unique subtopic of interest to both the field…

Featured Research

Conveying Truth: Independent Media in Putin’s Russia

A new report from Shorenstein Center Fellow Ann Cooper describes the origins and evolution of independent media in Russia from the late Soviet era to the coronavirus crisis of 2020. The views expressed in Shorenstein Center Discussion Papers are those…

New COVID Public Opinion Study Finds Increased Support for Vote By Mail

The sixth survey conducted by the multi-university COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States, led in part by Shorenstein Center faculty Matthew Baum and Kennedy School Institute of Politics Polling Director John Della Volpe, found not only an increase…

Featured Audio & Video

Big, If True Webinar: The Fight to Ban Facial Recognition Technology: Protest in the Era of Mass Surveillance

Friday, July 31, 2020 – On this episode of BIG, If True we delve into the formidable struggle against the deployment of facial recognition technology. In light of the recent wave of Black Lives Matter protests, there are distressing concerns that facial…

Untying Knots Podcast: Episode 1

Transforming Wealth Inequity through Anti-Racist Funding Hosts: Nikhil Raghuveera and Erica LichtFeaturing: Karla Nicholson (Haymarket People’s Fund) and Lucas Turner-Owens (Boston Ujima Project)July 202040 Minutes and 34 Seconds Hundreds of years of racist institutional policies have denied wealth to Black,…

News

Big Tech: Regulation and Moderation

The heads of the “Big Four” tech companies – Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook – are testifying today in front of the House Judiciary Committee as part of the ongoing investigation into potential antitrust violations in the tech industry. The…

Resources and Reading on Racial Justice, Racial Equity  and Anti-Racism

A list of books, articles, podcasts, organizations, and other resources, curated by the Institutional Anti-Racism and Accountability Project, to help better understand current issues about race, and what it means to be anti-racist.