Technology and Social Change Project

About Dr. Donovan and TaSC

Led by Dr. Joan Donovan (@BostonJoan), The Technology and Social Change Project (TaSC) explores how media manipulation is a means to control public conversation, derail democracy, and disrupt society. TaSC conducts research, develops methods, and facilitates workshops for journalists, policy makers, technologists, and civil society organizations on how to detect, document, and debunk media manipulation campaigns. Dr. Donovan and the TaSC team produce:

The Media Manipulation Case Book: a research platform, launching this fall, that will advance knowledge of how misinformation and disinformation travels across the web and social media. 

Meme War Weekly (MWW): a newsletter dedicated to addressing political messaging that comes from the wilds of the internet. Sign up for MWW or read past issues of MWW.

BIG, If True: a webinar series, hosted by Dr. Joan Donovan and presented by the Technology and Social Change Research Project. Sign up for event updates or listen to past webinars.


  • Dr. Joan Donovan,
    • Research Director, Shorenstein Center
    • Director, Technology and Social Change Project
  • Emily Dreyfuss, Senior Editor
  • Rob Faris, Senior Researcher
  • Brian Friedberg, Senior Researcher 
  • Gabby Lim, Researcher
  • Nicole Leaver, Research Assistant 

Fellows and Visiting Researchers

  • April Glaser (more), Spring 2020 Joan Shorenstein Fellow
  • Lam Thuy Vo (more), Spring 2020 Visiting Researcher 
  • Kathy Pham (more), Fall 2019 Joan Shorenstein Fellow
  • Brandi Collins-Dexter (more), Fall 2019 Joan Shorenstein Fellow
  • Jon Penney (more), Fall 2019 Visiting Sr. Researcher

In the News and Writings

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