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“Alt-Lite” Bloggers and the Conservative Ecosystem

Introduction This research paper examines the important role that “alt-lite” bloggers play in promoting, amplifying, and fortifying Donald Trump’s anti-establishment message to his conservative supporters. Counter-Narratives from the Right The big news was released early that morning, and it was not favorable for President Donald Trump. By 6:30 a.m., on Monday, October 30, 2017, news …

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Garrett Graff

Garrett Graff on Trump, Mueller, Russia, and Cybersecurity

February 13, 2018— Garrett Graff, journalist, author, and director of the Aspen Institute’s cybersecurity and technology program, discussed Robert Mueller’s investigations, election cybersecurity, and threats to U.S. democracy during a visit to the Shorenstein Center. Below are some highlights of his conversation with Shorenstein Center Director Nicco Mele. Graff, who has written about Mueller extensively, …

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#DigitalDeceit: The Technologies Behind Precision Propaganda on the Internet

Over the past year, there has been rising pressure on Facebook, Google and Twitter to account for how bad actors are exploiting their platforms. The catalyst of this so-called “tech-lash” was the revelation in summer 2017 that agents of the Russian government engaged in disinformation operations using these services to influence the 2016 presidential campaigns. …

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Jameel Jaffer

Jameel Jaffer: Government Secrecy in the Age of Information Overload

Jameel Jaffer, Executive Director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and former Deputy Legal Director for the ACLU, delivered the tenth annual Salant Lecture on Freedom of the Press at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on October 17,  2017, entitled “Government Secrecy in the Age of Information Overload.” Watch the video …

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Nancy Scola

Politico’s Nancy Scola: Reporting on and Regulating the Tech Industry

October 24, 2017 — Nancy Scola, senior technology reporter for Politico, discussed the regulation of tech platforms, their role in the 2016 election, cyber security, and more during a visit to the Shorenstein Center. Below are some highlights from her conversation with Nicco Mele, Shorenstein Center Director, as well as the full audio. The Shorenstein Center’s …

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Using Data Science Tools for Email Audience Analysis: A Research Guide

A Report from the Shorenstein Center’s Single Subject News Engagement Project Executive Summary Email is a crucial vehicle for media companies to generate reader revenue, yet the ways we talk about and measure email have not changed for almost two decades. Flawed, static measures can distract from success and lead to misguided strategies, crippling the …

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Exploring the Role of Algorithms in Online Harmful Speech

Reflections from a recent workshop hosted by the Berkman Klein Center in collaboration with the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.  By David Talbot and Jeff Fossett. Originally published by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society on Medium.  Introduction The topic of online harmful speech — from harassment and …

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Black Pigeon Speaks: The Anatomy of the Worldview of an Alt-Right YouTuber

Disclaimer: This paper contains offensive content. “Alt-right” views quoted in this paper are not endorsed by the Shorenstein Center. A new paper by Zack Exley, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2017), organizer and author dives into a little-known part of the alt-right media landscape, revealing its influence and worldview. Exley writes that political channels on YouTube …

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Combating Fake News: An Agenda for Research and Action

Conference held February 17–18, 2017 Organized by Matthew Baum, David Lazer, and Nicco Mele Sponsored by         Final report written by David Lazer †‡, Matthew Baum ‡, Nir Grinberg †‡, Lisa Friedland †‡, Kenneth Joseph†‡, Will Hobbs †‡, and Carolina Mattsson † Drawn from presentations by Yochai Benkler (Harvard), Adam Berinsky (MIT), …

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Yochai Benkler

Yochai Benkler: The Right-Wing Media Ecosystem

April 5, 2017—Yochai Benkler, professor at Harvard Law School and co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, discussed his recent study on conservative media and the 2016 election, which analyzed more than 1.25 million stories published online between April 1, 2015 and Election Day, 2016. Below are some highlights from …

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