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
  • Alexei Sisulu Abrahams, PhD, Data Scientist
  • Maysem Alizadeh, PhD, Fall/Spring 2020-2021, Data Science Fellow
  • Ashley Armand, Research Assistant
  • Talia Berniker, Research Assistant
  • Lodrina Cherne, Technical Researcher
  • Brandi Collins-Dexter, J.D., Fall/Spring 2020-2021, Senior Research Fellow
  • Emily Dreyfuss, Senior Editor
  • Kaylee Quinn Fagan, Research Assistant
  • Rob Faris, PhD, Senior Researcher
  • Brian Friedberg, Senior Researcher
  • Erin Gallagher, Research Assistant
  • Chris Gilliard, PhD, Fall/Spring 2020-2021, Research Fellow
  • Yulan Grant, Research Assistant
  • Dwight Knell, Research Assistant 
  • Gabby Lim, Researcher
  • Marya Mtshali, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Jennifer Nilsen, Research Assistant
  • Megan O’Neil, TaSC Project Administrator
  • Jonathan Corpus Ong, PhD, Fall 2020, Research Fellow 
  • Poornima Rajeshwar, Research Assistant
  • Jazilah Salam, Research Assistant
  • Avery Wendell, Research Assistant

Former 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
  • Jon Penney (more), Fall 2019 Visiting Sr. Researcher

TaSC Team Projects:

The Media Manipulation Casebook: a research platform, launching fall 2020, 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. 

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.

Political Pandemonium 2020: 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

In the News and Writings

Contact us at: manipulation@hks.harvard.edu