How Facebook stymies social science

What exactly was the extent of Russian meddling in the 2016 election campaign? How widespread was its infiltration of social media? And how much influence did its propaganda have on public opinion and voter behavior? Scholars are only now starting to tackle those questions. But to answer them, academics need data — and getting that…

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Playing with technology

In 24 years of teaching, I’ve worked with a lot of experts in instructional technology, and without exception, they all preach the same mantra: Pedagogy first, technology second. Design your learning goals, they all say, and then we can help you determine which technologies might help you meet those goals. I’m grateful for that reasoned,…

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Digital life in the slow lane

On December 14, the Federal Communications Commission will reverse the net-neutrality rules it established in 2015. The existing rules prevent internet-access providers from blocking, slowing down, or speeding up customer access to online content and services. They also prevent the providers from charging content producers and their customers extra for faster access to those products. Internet-access providers…

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