Zeynep Tufekci

Media & Politics Must Reads, October 7, 2016

October 6, 2016

Our weekly roundup of news found at the intersection of media, politics, policy and technology, from the Shorenstein Center and from around the web.

This Week at the Shorenstein Center

Zeynep Tufekci—Technology in Global Activism, Uprisings and Social Movements. Zeynep Tufekci, New York Times opinion writer and a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center, discusses the use of technology and tactics in social movements from around the world.

Cathy O’Neil—Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. Author and data scientist Cathy O’Neil discusses how algorithms can have an invisible but destructive impact on people’s lives.

As Government Records Move from Paper to Email to Channels Like Slack, How Should FOIA Keep Up? Highlights from a panel with Michael Morisy, cofounder of MuckRock; Tracy Weber, senior editor at ProPublica; Miriam Nisbet, former director of Office of Government Information Services, National Archives; and Nick Sinai, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at HKS and former U.S. deputy chief technology officer.

Facebook and Feeling Informed: A Proxy for News? From Journalist’s Resource.

News from Our Faculty & Fellows

Difficult, Demanding, and Dangerous: The Challenges Female Journalists Face in the Middle East. Iranian journalist Yeganeh Rezaian, a Fall 2016 Joan Shorenstein Fellow, discusses the challenges she faced as a reporter in her home country, and describes the common thread that joins her experience with that of journalists, especially women, across the Middle East. She also offers advice to young reporters interested in reporting from the region.

Talking with Bob Schieffer about the Future of News. Bob Schieffer, Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow and Dan Kennedy, spring 2016 Joan Shorenstein Fellow, discuss Kennedy’s Shorenstein Center paper on The Washington Post under Jeff Bezos.

Another First for Women in Politics. Renée Loth, fall 2011 fellow, finds parallels between the public reception of Jeannette Rankin, the first woman to serve in Congress in 1917, and that of Hillary Clinton.

Election Coverage and Commentary

The Editorialists Have Spoken; Will Voters Listen? From The New York Times.

The Time I Found Donald Trump’s Tax Records in My Mailbox, from The New York Times.

Eleven First Amendment Experts Comment on Legality of NYT Release of Trump’s Tax Returns, from Concurring Opinions.

Trump’s Many, Many Threats to Sue the Press since Launching His Campaign, from Columbia Journalism Review.

Jeff Zucker’s Singular Role in Promoting Donald Trump’s Rise, from The Washington Post.

Four Ways to Get Your Audience Involved in Your Election Coverage, from Hearken.


Just Launched: A Tool That Will Make Life Easier for FOIA Reporters, from Columbia Journalism Review.

When Is Transparency Too Radical? Never, Says Julian Assange — and That’s Crazy, from The Washington Post.

Social Media

This Is the News Facebook Chooses for You to Read, from The Washington Post.

On Twitter, Hate Speech Bounded Only by a Character Limit, from The New York Times.

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