“We do software so that you can do education”: The curious case of MOOC platforms

[Note: This is a lightly edited re-post of a blog-post originally published on Work in Progress,  a public sociology blog created by the American Sociological Association to disseminate research results.  It summarizes findings from “Engineering a platform: The construction of interfaces, users, organizational roles, and the division of labor” in New Media and Society, first published online in […]

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Content moderation is not a panacea: Logan Paul, YouTube, and what we should expect from platforms

What do we expect of content moderation? And what do we expect of platforms? There is an undeniable need, now more than ever, to reconsider the public responsibilities of social media platforms. For too long, platforms have enjoyed generous legal protections and an equally generous cultural allowance, to be “mere conduits” not liable for what […]

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Legitimizing the Dark Web: The New York Times’s Tor Hidden Service

A few days ago, I poured myself a fresh cup of coffee, opened up my laptop, started up the Tor Browser, and read the New York Times. But I didn’t type in https://www.nytimes.com into the Tor Browser. I instead typed https://www.nytimes3xbfgragh.onion/ [warning: that’s an onion link]. That 16 character alphanumeric address took me to the […]

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Ready Player Two: Women Gamers and Designed Identity- Book Sneak Peak

Video game culture exists within the dust cloud of GamerGate. For the last three years, it has dominated how many of us have talked about video games and video game culture. The conversations – academic and otherwise – circle around the games that defined this debate. Hardcore games, console games, even many indie games are […]

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