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Reexamining Misinformation: How Unflagged, Factual Content Drives Vaccine Hesitancy

Research from the Computational Social Science Lab finds that factual, vaccine-skeptical content on Facebook has a greater overall effect than “fake news,” discouraging millions from the COVID-19 shot.

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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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What Are the Most Effective Strategies To Inspire Action on Climate Change?

The Communication Neuroscience Lab is conducting an intervention tournament, testing six strategies to change beliefs and intentions regarding climate change.

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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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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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After #MeToo, Sexual Assault Survivors Still Fight To Be Believed

In their new book, Dean Sarah Banet-Weiser and former postdoctoral fellow Kathryn Claire Higgins explore the work victims of sexual violence go through to be believed.

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Navigating the Intersection of Media and Social Justice

A symposium held at Annenberg took a deep dive into what happens when media practices, values, infrastructures, or ownership pose risks to social justice.

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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.”

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When Young People Seem to Make Threats on Social Media, Do They Mean It?

A new app from SAFELab helps teachers, police, and journalists interpret social media posts by BIPOC youth and understand which threats may be real.