Technology & Social Change





Led by Dr. Joan Donovan (@BostonJoan), The Technology and Social Change Project (TaSC) explores media manipulation as 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. 

Technology and Social Change Research Project Team

  • Dr. Joan Donovan,
    • Research Director, Shorenstein Center
    • Director, Technology and Social Change Project
  • Brian Friedberg, Senior Researcher
  • Rob Faris, Senior Researcher
  • Gabby Lim, Researcher
  • Emily Dreyfuss, Senior Editor
  • Megan O’Neil, Administrator
  • Brandi Collins-Dexter, Senior Research Fellow
  • Jennifer Preston, Special Projects Fellow
  • Chris Gilliard, PhD, Research Fellow
  • Dr. Brooklyne Gipson, Research Fellow
  • April Glaser, Research Fellow
  • Yulan Grant, Research Fellow
  • Catesby Holmes, Editor and Fellow
  • Dwight Knell, Research Fellow
  • Jane Lytvynenko, Research Fellow
  • Marya Mtshali, PhD, Research Fellow
  • Jennifer Nilsen, Research Fellow
  • Luke O’Brien, Research Fellow
  • Jonathan Corpus Ong, PhD, Research Fellow 
  • Brandy Zadrozny, Research Fellow
  • Alexei Sisulu Abrahams, PhD, Data Science Fellow
  • Avery Wendell, Research Assistant
  • Ashley Armand, Research Assistant
  • Talia Berniker, Research Assistant
  • Erin Gallagher, Research Assistant
  • Jazilah Salam, Research Assistant
  • Kaylee Quinn Fagan, Research Assistant
  • Daniel Baymiller, Research Assistant
  • Stefani Jones, Research Assistant
  • Luciano Padua, Research Assistant
  • Avriel Epps-Darling, Research Assistant

True Costs of Misinformation Workshop: Call for Participants

What are the financial, social, and human costs of misinformation? What is the price that businesses, hospitals, civil society groups, and schools pay for false or misleading information online? How can researchers support public officials and especially the communities targeted by disinformation campaigns when costing out “fake news funds” and building capacity for digital resilience? Can we put a price tag on misinformation, and if so, how, and who is responsible for paying it? This two-day workshop – scheduled to take place in person from March 9-10, 2022 in Cambridge, MA – invites academics, journalists, civil society actors, and private industry leaders to engage with these questions in order to understand the true costs of misinformation, and in doing so, better inform policies on internet governance, private sector regulation, and technological innovation. Click here to learn more about the workshop and how to apply.

TaSC Team Projects:

The Media Manipulation Casebook is a digital research platform linking together theory, methods, and practice for mapping media manipulation and disinformation campaigns. This resource is intended for researchers, journalists, technologists, policymakers, educators, and civil society organizers who want to learn about detecting, documenting, describing, and debunking misinformation.

Meme War Weekly (MWW) is a newsletter dedicated to addressing political messaging that comes from the wilds of the internet. 

BIG, If True is 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.

Political Pandemonium 2020 was a series of three digital workshops, hosted by Dr. Joan Donovan and the Technology and Social Change Project, exploring the harmful effects of media manipulation on our society.

Research Papers:

Mitigating Medical Misinformation: A Whole-of-Society Approach to Countering Spam, Scams, and Hoaxes by Joan Donovan, PhD, Brian Friedberg, Gabrielle Lim, Nicole Leaver, Jennifer Nilsen, and Emily Dreyfuss

Canaries in the Coal Mine: COVID-19 Misinformation and Black Communities by Brandi Collins-Dexter

Space Invaders: The Networked Terrain of Zoom Bombing by Brian Friedberg, Gabrielle Lim, and Joan Donovan

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