Policy & Issues Publications

A Turning Point in the Oversight of Digital Platforms: A Challenge for American Leadership

February 25, 2021, 1:50 pm
Tom Wheeler and Phil Verveer, Senior Fellows, Digital Platforms & Democracy Project

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Self-Optimization in the Face of Patriarchy: How Mainstream Women’s Media Facilitates White Feminism

January 5, 2021, 9:10 am
Koa Beck, Spring 2019 Joan Shorenstein Fellow

The capitalistic, corporate, individualistic narratives of fourth-wave and white feminism are communicated and reinforced by mainstream women’s media. Koa Beck is the former Editor-in-Chief of Jezebel.com, and was a Joan Shorenstein Fellow in Spring 2019. This paper informed and became part of her new book “White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind.”

COVID Survey Shows Widespread Economic Hardships

December 17, 2020, 12:20 pm

The latest report out from the COVID States Survey Project, co-lead by Professor Matthew Baum, finds widespread economic hardships facing a large percentage of Americans in all states. 18% said they had been laid off or lost their job due…

The most important problem facing the country today

November 1, 2020, 5:18 pm

The latest 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 wanted to find out which issues are, or will be, on voters’ minds as they enter…

Public opinion on government reaction to COVID-19

November 1, 2020, 5:09 pm

The latest 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 found found a remarkably consistent picture of public opinion: respondents prefer state governments over the federal…

Public health and Trump support

November 1, 2020, 4:56 pm

The latest 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 looked at the degree to which vote choice is associated with attitudes and behaviors regarding the…

COVID-19 fake news on Twitter

October 22, 2020, 1:31 pm

The latest 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 sought to answer the question of who is spreading misinformation on COVID-19. You can read the…

COVID-19 test result times have gotten faster, but cannot support broad contact tracing

October 19, 2020, 10:47 am

The latest 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 looked the speed at which survey respondents received COVID-19 test results, and what that means for…

Partisan differences in intention to vote by mail could delay election calls in key states

October 9, 2020, 10:10 am

The latest 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 looked how likely survey respondents were to vote by absentee or mail-in ballot, and what that…

Survey finds overwhelming public support for a fifth COVID-19 relief package

October 1, 2020, 10:11 pm

The latest 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 analyzed public attitudes regarding a new COVID-19 relief package. You can download the full report here….