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Mapping How People Get Their (Political) News

New data visualizations from the Computational Social Science Lab show how Americans consume news.

Undergraduate News

A Comm Major’s Journey from Pop Culture to Free Speech to Networked Technology and Beyond 

Anika Gururaj (C’24) followed her intellectual curiosity throughout her time at Penn, and will soon be off to Harvard Law School.

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A New Class Has Students Use AI To Do Their Homework

Lecturer Matt O’Donnell’s course “Talking with AI: Computational and Communication Approaches” encourages undergraduates to play with AI.

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First-of-Its-Kind Study Analyzes Digital Mourning Practices of Gang-Affiliated Youth

A study led by Prof. Desmond Patton explores how gang-affiliated Black youth use Twitter content, photos, and emojis to memorialize the deceased and navigate feelings of grief and loss.

Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Fellowship - Center on Digital Culture and Society

The one-year fellowship runs from August 2024 until August 2025, and applications are due by March 15.

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Putting the Spotlight on the Gender Gaps in Digital Spaces

Prof. Sandra González-Bailón co-edited a new journal issue quantifying the extent to which gender bias occurs and is perpetuated online and in digital media.

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The Mission to Get Pennsylvanians Online

The Pennsylvania Broadband Research Institute, a collaboration between Penn and Penn State, looks for ways to bridge the digital divide in the state — and the rest of the nation.

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The Commonalities of Common Sense

PIK Professor Duncan Watts and Computational Social Science Lab senior researcher Mark Whiting address a critical gap in how knowledge is understood.

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Eight Ways To Prevent and Fight Health Misinformation, Backed by Psychological Science

A new report by Dolores Albarracín, Deen Freelon, and colleagues identifies effective ways to halt the spread of misinformation online, including debunking and “prebunking.”

Alumni

Pawel Popiel and David Elliot Berman Named Marjorie & Charles Benton Opportunity Fund Fellows

For their project, Popiel and Berman will conduct research on Philadelphia's efforts to get the city's most marginalized communities online.